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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


11.942 Regional Energy-Environmental Economic Modeling

 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

2.75 stars
Content Quality: 3 stars
Effectiveness: 3 stars
Ease of Use: 2 stars
Reviewed: Jul 14, 2014 by Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Editorial Board
Overview: This is an online course from MIT's Open Courseware project from 2007. This subject is on regional energy-environmental modeling rather than on general energy-environmental policies, but the models should have some policy relevance. We will start with some discussion of green accounting issues; then, we will cover a variety of theoretical and empirical topics related to spatial energy demand and supply, energy forecasts, national and regional energy prices, and environmental implications of regional energy consumption and production. Where feasible, the topics will have a spatial dimension. This is a new seminar, so we expect students to contribute material to the set of readings and topics covered during the semester.
Learning Goals: Develop a foundation of green accounting issues Explore a variety of theoretical and empirical topics related to spatial energy demand and supply, energy forecasts, national and regional energy prices, and environmental implications of regional energy consumption and production.
Target Student Population: Graduate
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Intermediate microeconomics
Type of Material: On-line course structure. Contains links to appropriate readings and assignments. Could be used a a base for developing a similar course.
Recommended Uses: Seminar course for discussion of energy and environmental interactions.
Technical Requirements: Internet connection, web browser.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 3 stars
Strengths: Diverse listing of readings covering a wide range of topics pertinent to the subject matter of the course.
Concerns: Limited access to true course content. No links to previously recorded class sessions.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 3 stars
Strengths: comprehensive resource list that appears to be growing with new additions each semester.
Concerns: Need a more complete listing of potential assignments to complement each section. At present, this is nothing more than a reading list.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 2 stars
Strengths: Resource list is well documented, including links to online material and vendors for some books.
Concerns: Other than providing the resource list, there is little to make this readily incorporated into other courses at other institutions.

Other Issues and Comments: This site is a shell with the basic resources needed to support a course in energy/environmental modeling. It does not contain example assignments. It is not presented as a complete course.