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Doing Your Best with the Class You're Given: Efforts to Intellectually Engage General Education Science Students in a Mega-Course
  Location: HC 3029
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.2
  Time: 1:15 PM -1:45 PM
  Author: Edward Prather
Center for Astronomy Education - University of Arizona
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: At the University of Arizona, members of the Center for Astronomy Education (CAE) are working to create effective interactive learning environments in general education Earth and Space Science courses with enrollments as large as 1200 students. Which research-validated instructional strategies still work in these mega courses? What educational resources are needed and how do you facilitate learning? These are two of the questions that are driving our group of educators and researchers to explore the boundaries of the "Art and Science of Teaching." Examples of interactive learning strategies we use, the pedagogical issues we face, and the results on the effectiveness of these courses will be presented (1,2). (1) Prather, E. E., Rudolph, A. L., & Brissenden, G. (2009) Teaching and learning astronomy in the 21st century, Physics Today, 62(10). (2) This work is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0715517, a CCLI Phase III Grant for the Collaboration of Astronomy Teaching Scholars (CATS)
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