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Workshop Program

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Day 1 - Monday April 11

Synchronous session I
8:00 - 10:00 Pacific time | 9:00 - 11:00 Mt time | 10:00 - 12:00 Central time | 11:00 - 1:00 Eastern time
Welcome and opening presentation
Workshop goals and format
Introduction to workshop products: energy activities, modules or courses
Icebreaker activity Power Source - The group will participate in this concept sketching activity using the Elluminate platform to create sketches.

Power Source Concept Sketch

Keynote talk - Energy Sources, Uses and Trends (PowerPoint 8.7MB Apr11 11) - Nicholas Woodward, Geosciences Research Program, US Department of Energy
screencast of this presentation (Quicktime Video 268.6MB Apr12 11)


Web resources:

Other Reports:

  • Grand Challenges for Earth Resources Engineering "Engineering applied to the discovery, development and environmentally responsible production of subsurface earth resources." NAS – BESR - November 2010 – (not yet available on the web)
  • Grand Challenges for Engineering, National Academy of Engineering report 2008
  • Facing the Hard Truths about Energy, National Petroleum Council report 2007
  • Our Common Future, World Commission on Environment and Development, Oxford University Press 1987
Links Suggested by Participants:

Follow-up via discussion thread

Asynchronous discussions
Threaded discussion about energy sources: What changes in energy supply will be needed to take us to 2050?
Threaded discussion - teaching ideas that you want to develop. Please post to this thread by Tuesday at noon Central time.

Synchronous session II - Pedagogic Approaches for Teaching Energy
12:00 - 2:00 Pacific time | 1:00 - 3:00 Mt time | 2:00 - 4:00 Central time | 3:00 - 5:00 Eastern time
The Pedagogy of Energy (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 1.5MB Apr11 11) - James Myers, University of Wyoming
screencast of this presentation (Quicktime Video 184.6MB Apr12 11)

Evaluating the Effects of Local Energy Resource Development (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 3.8MB Apr11 11) - Devin Castendyk, State University of New York, College at Oneonta
CLEAN page for this activity
screencast of this presentation (Quicktime Video 148.3MB Apr12 11)


Web resources:

Textbook and Reference Suggestions:

  • Crude World: The Violent Twilight of Oil Amazon:
  • Letcher, T.M. 2008, Future Energy: Improved, sustainability and clean options for our planet, Elsevier
  • Oil, Water, and Climate, by Catherine Gautier
  • Shepherd and Shepherd "Energy Studies"
  • Hinrichs and Kleinbach "Energy, Its Use and the environment"
  • The Party's Over - Richard Heinberg
  • Rahm, D., 2011, Regulating hydraulic fracturing in shale gas plays: The case of Texas: Energy Policy, vol. 39, pp. 2974-2981.
  • The second chapter of Dessler and Parson, The Science and Politics of Global Climate Change has a nice introduction to the need to differentiate positive and normative claims.

Tour of CLEAN website
- Anne Gold, University of Colorado

Monday roadcheck evaluation

Day 2 - Tuesday April 12

Synchronous session III - Classroom Examples for Teaching Energy
8:00 - 9:30 Pacific time | 9:00 - 10:30 Mt time | 10:00 - 11:30 Central time | 11:00 - 12:30 Eastern time
Presentations that profile energy activities in the CLEAN collection, with emphasis on pedagogic design and tips for adapting this activity to your class

Energy and the Poor - Black Carbon in Developing Nations (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 24.1MB Apr12 11) - Anne Hall, Emory University
Activity web page
screencast of this presentation (Quicktime Video 132.6MB Apr13 11)

Selecting Sites for Renewable Energy Projects (PowerPoint 11.9MB Apr12 11) - Glenn Richard, Stony Brook University
Activity web page
screencast of this presentation (Quicktime Video 356MB Apr13 11)

Synchronous session IV - More Classroom Examples for Teaching Energy
12:00 - 2:00 Pacific time | 1:00 - 3:00 Mt time | 2:00 - 4:00 Central time | 3:00 - 5:00 Eastern time
Where Does Your Energy Come From? Analyzing Your Energy Bill (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 464kB Apr12 11) - Mary Savina, Carleton College
Activity web page
screencast of this presentation (Quicktime Video 112.5MB Apr13 11)


Other Related Activities:

Other References:

The Lifestyle Project (PowerPoint 4.6MB Apr12 11) - Karin Kirk, Science Education Resource Center
CLEAN page for this activity
screencast of this presentation (Quicktime Video 193.9MB Apr13 11)

Organizing session for work plans during the break

Tuesday roadcheck evaluation


Participants work independently or in small groups to create an idea for teaching energy. Teaching ideas posted by Sunday night.
How to work on your project:
This can be

  1. Participants can work independently or in small groups on a joint project.
    CLEAN Review Questionnaire (Microsoft Word 149kB Apr18 11)
    • Solar Ovens - Susan
    • Google Earth Activitie(s) Maureen,Todd and Billy
    • Municipalities sources and emisions -Ander and International comparisions - Tatanya
    • Food and energy - Lane and Karin
    • Ocean Energy - Gretchen and Liz
  2. Select one of the avenues above.
  3. The links take you to forms to fill out. Fill out the form as much as you can in your initial work session.
  4. Submit your form. Karin will then make your submission into a web page.
  5. At that point you can continue to edit your web page
  6. Complete it by Sunday evening.

Day 3 - Monday April 18

Synchronous session V - Activity Review
8:00 - 8:30 Pacific time | 9:00 - 9:30 Mt time | 10:00 - 10:30 Central time | 11:00 - 11:30 Eastern time
Instructions for review process
Break participants into small groups for reviewing each others' teaching ideas

You'll work in a small group with 2 other people; groups will be assigned.
The goal of the review session is to have everyone read each others' activity and offer suggestions and feedback that can be used to strengthen the activity.
The review period is 2 hours. During the first hour (from 10:30 - 11:30 Central time), read through the activity pages and prepare feedback.
Use the CLEAN review form to guide your feedback. You do not need to complete the form.

During the second hour (from 11:30 - 12:30 Central time), call into the phone line for your group.
On the phone, each each group spends 15-20 minutes discussing each activity. The author can summarize the activity, and the reviewers can follow with questions for the author, thoughts about its strengths and weaknesses, and brainstorming suggestions for improvement.

CLEAN Activity Review Form (Microsoft Word 149kB Apr18 11)


Local Power Portfolio
by Ander Sundell, College of Western Idaho

How Much Energy is on my Plate?
by Lane Seely, Seattle Pacific University and Karin Kirk, SERC

State Electricity on Google Earth: How many solar panels would it take?
by by Todd Greene, California State University-Chico, Billy Goodman, Passaic Valley High School and Maureen Padden, McMaster University

Energy Culture as a Determinant of a Country's Position in the Climate Talks
by Tatyana Ruseva, Appalachian State University

Ocean Energy
by Liz Gordon, Fitchburg State University

Synchronous session VI - Review Groups Meet
9:30 - 10:30 Pacific time | 10:30 - 11:30 Mt time | 11:30 - 12:30 Central time | 12:30 - 1:30 Eastern time
Work independently to read through activities

10:30 - 11:30 Pacific time | 11:30 - 12:30 Mt time | 12:30 - 1:30 Central time | 1:30 - 2:30 Eastern time
Call into the assigned phone line to discuss the activities

Group 1


Energy culture as a determinant of a country's position in the climate talks
State Electricity on Google Earth: How many solar panels would it take?
Local Power Portfolio

Group members

Group 2

How Much Energy is on my Plate?
Ocean Energy

Group members
Lane Seely
Karin KIrk
Liz Gordon

Asynchronous discussion: Special settings and audiences for teaching about energy

Synchronous session VII - Opportunities to Teach Energy
12:30 - 2:00 Pacific time | 1:30 - 3:00 Mt time | 2:30 - 4:00 Central time | 3:30 - 5:00 Eastern time
Teaching Energy in the Field (PowerPoint 22.3MB Apr18 11) - Greg Baker, University of Tennessee
Screencast of this talk (Quicktime Video 552.2MB Apr18 11)

Panel discussion - Examples of various audiences and settings for energy topics: two-year colleges, minority-serving institutions, non-science courses, museum programs

Asynchronous activity: Gallery walk of activities with discussion threads

Day 4 - Tuesday April 19

Asynchronous discussion: What's Next? - Priorities for your teaching and for the future development of the CLEAN collection

Synchronous session VIII - Workshop Wrapup
11:00 - 1:00 Pacific time |12:00 - 2:00 Mt time | 1:00 - 3:00 Central time | 2:00 - 4:00 Eastern time
Teaching idea web pages go live
Closing plenary talk: The Future of Energy (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 6.9MB Apr19 11) - Fred Loxsom, Eastern Connecticut State University

End of workshop survey