15. Hybridizing Virtual- and Field-Based Service-Learning in Green IT

  1. Brian A. Nejmeh
  1. K. Branker and
  2. J. M. Pearce

Published Online: 7 JUN 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118319130.ch15

Service-Learning in the Computer and Information Sciences: Practical Applications in Engineering Education

Service-Learning in the Computer and Information Sciences: Practical Applications in Engineering Education

How to Cite

Branker, K. and Pearce, J. M. (2012) Hybridizing Virtual- and Field-Based Service-Learning in Green IT, in Service-Learning in the Computer and Information Sciences: Practical Applications in Engineering Education (ed B. A. Nejmeh), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118319130.ch15

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 7 JUN 2012
  2. Published Print: 21 MAY 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118100349

Online ISBN: 9781118319130

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Keywords:

  • energy-conservation measures (ECMs);
  • information technology (IT);
  • virtual service-learning (SL)

Summary

This chapter outlines a pedagogical experiment in which students chose both the project and the partner for a self-directed SL experience. It presents the findings of an ongoing investigation of this novel pedagogical exercise in which students acted as change agents for industry by implementing unsolicited energy-conservation measures (ECMs) in order to improve the organizations’ environmental and economic performance. ECMs were largely focused on green information technology (IT), but could be applied to any form of environmentally beneficial technical or behavioral change. The chapter is a continued investigation of a virtual and field-hybrid SL project. First, the structure of the project is outlined. Then the results are presented and discussed, and conclusions are drawn regarding the effectiveness of such SL projects for both improving environmental performance and engineering pedagogy.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

Energy management; information technology; teaching