Reducing National Energy Illiteracy through MOOCs
Thursday, June 28 12:00 PM-1:00 PM Location: De Dam 1
Presider: Kurt Ackermann, Hokusei Gakuen University Junior College, Japan
Abstract: One of the main challenges facing humanity is energy sustainability, both in normal conditions and in situations of natural disasters. In Mexico, experience has highlighted the lack of basic skills of citizens for energy production and management. Given this situation, free MOOCs have been offered to the entire population. The objective of this research is to evaluate the extent to which these technological platforms help reduce the participants' energy illiteracy. The research is mixed. The first stage is qualitative, to construct an instrument to evaluate the level of energy literacy, and includes the analysis of artifacts, non-participatory observation and interviews with Japanese and Mexican experts. The second stage is quantitative; to evaluate the improvement of the level of energy literacy, and pre and post surveys are used.