Renewable energy will be a integral part of future energy use in our world.
Calculate consumption and lifetimes of energy resources.
2. Compare advantages and disadvantages of different renewable energy systems.
3. Calculate heat gain (passive, active solar) and loss for a residential structure.
4. Calculate electricity produced by PV and Wind systems (month, annual).
5. Estimate life cycle costs for renewable energy systems
the same as the Table of Contents. Your input is needed and welcome for
improving the multimedia aspects of the online course.
You will be expected to participate in the chat sessions and bulletin board. Questions in the bulletin board and the discussion will be an integral part of the course.The grade book under Tools will show grades. Be sure and keep copy of all files sent to me, because I may have problems in down loading them or maybe even delete a file by mistake. Problems and tests are graded within one week of due date.
|Project (Web preferred, paper accepted)||15%|
|Questions and Activities||10%|
The main difference is WTOnline is a Learning University, in contrast to the traditional teaching and research universities. The instructor is a facilitator, a promoter of interaction, while the student is now primarily responsible for their learning. Interaction and participation is a key for a successful course and this is what makes Web Based Courses vastly different from correspondence courses.
A. WEB BASED COURSE
This is a web based course, but it is not self paced because due dates are structured. This means the students are doing the work with the instructor providing guidance. Username and password for the course are issued when you first log on. You have access to the course because you are in the WTAMU database, i.e. registered and paid fees.
B. BULLETIN BOARD
Bulletin Board is for answering questions posted by the instructor. After it is posted, you can not change your answer. If you have suggestions for questions for the bulletin board, send them to me by coursemail. Net etiquette applies, especially since there is not anonymous correspondence.
Chat will be in the evening, and I will have two sessions per week. You are expected to participate once per week. Times to be determined from your input. Some projects or assignments may be by groups, which means there may be chat sessions without the instructor. Again net etiquette applies.
Problems, questions, and bulletin board questions will be assigned. Assignments and due dates will be posted in the announcements and the calendar. Most problems will have a value of 1.0. Tools Upload will be used to send in assignments and return of graded assignments.
E. OTHER MATERIAL OF INTEREST, INTERESTING LINKS
I want your comments and suggestions, especially on links related to the course material. Send by coursemail. We are using Netscape Communicator for composing web pages. You may use Netscape, Internet Explorer or Safari browsers. Also send your comments on problems with the online aspect of the course. If you have ideas for graphics and even video clips which would help in understanding the material, please mail them or send me coursemail.
F. REFERENCES, OTHER INFORMATION
We want to move from regular references to electronic references. You will be expected to assist in finding and evaluating online links. Links should be specific, as most people will not try more than 3 jumps to get the information they want. In general students do not pay any attention to references at the end of chapters, unless they are doing a project or a paper on that topic. A number of books on solar energy are available.
If you are planning on building a house, the best source of information is THE PASSIVE SOLAR ENERGY BOOK, Edward Mazria, Rodale Press, 1979.
G. The instructor is fallible
and not any smarter than you. Remember you are at the prime of ability
for intellectual endeavors.