The project aims to promote HEI staff’s and students’ interdisciplinary skills through the development of innovative educational approaches to energy planning, able to support interaction among different disciplines (spatial planning, environment, engineering, landscape, etc.) and foster collaboration with research and business activities operating in the RES sector, thus keeping up with its continuous technological innovation.
On one side, the project addresses the issue of integrated energy planning, which is central in EU strategies and is important to develop international cooperation activities; on the other side, it will respond to the need of interdisciplinary educational tools in this field, through the development, testing and circulation of collaborative “Concept maps” as Open Educational Resources. Concept maps are a way of representing relationships between ideas, images, or words, and, as OERs, they can be a useful tool for teachers (who can update and modify them according to their didactic needs), students and researchers (who can customize them according to their study/research programmes), and enterprises (who can use them to disseminate or develop new technologies/products).
Testing the effectiveness of Open Educational Resources based on the tool of collaborative Concept maps, to improve the quality of HE teaching and research activities in the field of integrated energy planning
- Helping the modernization of higher education curricula (by integrating them with issues such as energy planning, renewable energy sources, evaluation of the environmental impacts of RES infrastructures, life-cycle analysis, etc.) and increasing teachers’, researchers’ and students’ knowledge and skills in integrated energy planning, while innovating HE teaching and learning practices, and more specifically:
a) contributing to the circulation of educational outlines, operating within a shareable theoretical framework towards the transfer of dynamic, interactive knowledge on the project themes;
b) mainstreaming a learning process based on interaction and creativity, capable of shaping a critical, proactive and sustainable approach to RES technologies and energy planning;
c) innovating the instrumental frameworks that support training, by integrating adaptable cognitive systems able to facilitate the comprehension and development of technical and non-technical information on energy, planning and landscape.
- Increasing labour market relevance of learning provisions and qualifications, thus reinforcing the employability of graduates