Assignment

Mind the Gap: Identifying Information Gaps in Solar Energy Policy and Research

Submitted by mary catherine lockmiller on June 12th, 2018
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Short Description: 

This assignment follows from a presentation that shows high school and early college students how information gaps function. The presentation uses information regarding the dwarf planet Pluto as an example, then prompts students to apply the tools they've learned to investigate an information gap in solar energy policy: solar energy AND communities experiencing high poverty rates.

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Learning Outcomes: 

1. know the social value of an evidence-based approach to system-wide integration of sustainable energy technologies
2. know that an evidence-based approach requires critical attentiveness to research and information cycles
3. be able to make evidence-based inquiries into the current state of solar energy using online fact checking strategies
4. be able to identify information gaps in solar energy research information cycles

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Suggested Citation: 
lockmiller, mary catherine. "Mind the Gap: Identifying Information Gaps in Solar Energy Policy and Research." CORA (Community of Online Research Assignments), 2018. https://www.projectcora.org/assignment/mind-gap-identifying-information-gaps-solar-energy-policy-and-research.