After three years of experience the work outcome in RET II and as a result of a KTH course taken in "Teaching and learning in higher education, LU1", an evaluation of the educational material of solar part of the RET I and RET II course was done. The intention was to investigate the lecture content and the relation of the assignments given.
The report is discussing the educational material and learning activities of the solar technology of the RET I and RET II with emphasis on the alignment of the two courses where RET I is the basic course managing the fundamentals of the topic, and RET II is the natural step up from the basic course, managing the more advanced issues of the same topic. The work does not consider the lecturers activities as for knowledge, competence or performance.
The main objective is to suggest new course descriptions for RET I and RET II with better alignment between the courses and within the courses’ work tasks as for educational material and learning activities. The goal is to get a coherent educational content that gives the students a stepwise increasing level of knowledge of the area of topic and to achieve a higher learning quality and quantity. Three years of supervising the student assignments has resulted in a basis of evaluation material. A course in "Teaching and learning in higher education" at KTH provided material, ideas and possibilities to develop a new course description.
The result is two course structures of the solar technology component in RET I and RET II. RET I aims to focus on the solar fundamentals and low temperature solar thermal and PV applications for domestic use. RET II would thereafter focus on high temperature solar thermal and Photovoltaic applications for larger system applications. The social and economical view would also be an addition to a more elaborate solar technology course.
The mandatory submitting work tasks are the assignments. In RET, the exercises, study visits and assessments are all a part of the aligned learning content the students have individual responsible for, to perform in order to be successful at the exam. The assessment can be passed at submitting, keeping track of the student’s study advancement and activity. The study visits are meant to be of flat plate and PV/parabolic solar collectors that are already on the market.
The RET II course is more demanding than the RET I course, where the components are spanning over several separate but related topics. The study visit is replaced by a project assignment, where the students have to practice their achieved knowledge from RET I and RET II
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2011.