Energy impacts us all, yet not enough people are energy literate.
Energy literacy is a base of knowledge about energy–what it is, how it works, how it affects our lives–that we can use to answer questions, make decisions and think critically about energy.
Consider this: most people can navigate a grocery store, differentiate between organic and nonorganic products, shop according to their family’s unique dietary needs and preferences.
Most consumers have some basic level of “food literacy” and can make informed decisions about the food they choose to purchase.
Even for those people who aren’t food literate, resources exist where they can learn more about the options available to them and their families.
What’s something else we all consume every day?
Energy, but most people are not energy literate.
From different energy sources, to energy consumption, to even regulation and pricing–the majority of energy consumers are not adequately informed about these topics that have a tremendous impact on our daily life.
Why is energy literacy so important?
Energy literacy affects everything from our utility bills, to our government, to the future of our economy.
The University of Texas Energy Poll from April 2017 is a great example of why energy literacy is vital to our nation’s future.
Based on the results of the poll, there is deficit of public knowledge of the energy market conditions and environmental regulations.
Energy literacy affects public perception of energy topics and can shape the outcome of elections, business deals and consumer behaviors.
In order to have a country full of informed citizens and empowered consumers, we must address the lack of energy literacy as a matter of urgency in both formal and informal learning environments.
Educators and companies in the energy industry are poised to be leaders in the journey to an energy literate future.
Educators–both formal and informal–have the expertise to create content and/or curriculums that can meet the needs of learners at all levels.
Energy literacy can heighten engagement in key STEM subjects, providing real-world applications and context to lessons across disciplines.
Energy companies can provide insights into the industry that can enrich public understanding of energy topics, as well as engaging potential customers and clients through informational content.
How can we increase energy literacy?
Creating energy literacy might seem daunting because of the sheer amount of information and the relative complexity of the subject matter, but with some creativity and innovation, we can educate learners of all levels about this vital topic.
At Disco Learning Media, we know that there are key elements to creating amazing educational tools: content, presentation and distribution.
To promote energy literacy, start with what the knowledge you can communicate to learners.
If you’re an educator, you can reference your high quality curriculum and develop content based on grade-appropriate learning objectives.
If you’re part of an energy industry company, you can pull on your company’s specific expertise or niche to communicate to consumers, partners, clients or employees.
Identify a learning opportunity from the knowledge you already possess.
Once you’ve identified that learning opportunity, we can create an enhanced learning experience to hook learners into your lessons.
With today’s learners–no matter the age–it’s critical to go beyond the status quo of traditional information delivery.
Today’s learners are dynamic and digitally savvy, plus we know there are a multitude of learning styles to accommodate.
Here at Disco, we’ve leveraged the top technology solutions to create brand new learning experiences that are empathetic and engaging to better harness learning opportunities.
By pairing your content with an innovative and customized technology solution, we can build a property that brings your lessons to life wherever on the web your audience learns best.
Modernizing the presentation of your material will help your learners engage with the information and strengthen their mastery of lessons.
Creating a custom property to deliver your material not only allows you to better engage your learners, it also allows you to update and maintain the content so that it’s always timely and up-to-date.
This protects the integrity of your learning opportunity and provides your team with the flexible and access they need to increase their own efficiency.
We take this unique approach to developing properties with our clients because we believe that the more adaptable a solution is, the more learning opportunities you create.
When it comes to energy literacy, it’s imperative to consider the distribution of your content.
Learning can happen on a laptop, phone, tablet at any time and we know how important it is to create a property that can be there when the learner needs it most.
At Disco Learning Media, we believe in an energy-literate and empowered future.
We created the world’s first course app: Energy 101, a fully interactive, A to Z primer on energy.
Energy 101 combines facts, tables, video, interactive graphics, and animation–transforming what was once a Massive Open Online Course into a pioneering innovation in education.
It has hundreds of pages of text, interactive games, over 10 hours of video content and more that is delivered instantly as a download to desktops, laptops or tablets.
The content can be updated yearly to keep up with the rapidly-evolving sector, plus new content and chapters can be added through automatic updates.
We believe that there are even more learning opportunities to harness in the name of energy literacy and we look forward to tackling more energy education projects in the future.
Want a taste of Energy 101 and the possibilities of customized educational experiences? Check out the Energy 101 website and be sure to take advantage of the free resources available on the site.