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Teaching Astronomy with Ranking Tasks
  Location: HLSB 408
  Date: Sunday, Jul.31
  Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  Price: Member: $35.00
Nonmember: $60.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Research in Physics Education
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Undergrad Education
  Leader(s): Kevin Lee, Ed Prather, klee6@unl.edu
  Co-Leader(s): Ed Prather, University of Arizona
  Description Ranking tasks are a powerful example of curricular materials for promoting active engagement in the classroom and they have a long history of usage in physics. A ranking task typically provides the learner with a series of pictures or diagrams that describe several slightly different variations of a basic physical situation. The student is then asked to make a comparative judgment and order or rank the various situations based on some physical outcome or result. These novel and intellectually challenging tasks effectively probe student understanding at a deep conceptual level. This workshop will expose participants to two libraries of ranking tasks for use in introductory astronomy at either the college or high school level: 1) pencil-and-paper versions appropriate for group work in the classroom or assigned as homework, and 2) computerized versions that contain extensive randomization, background material, and feedback. Participants will work through several sequences of ranking tasks in both formats and then discuss implementation of ranking tasks in their classroom. All materials will be made available to participants via the web before the workshop and participants are expected to preload them on a laptop which they bring to the workshop. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grants #0737376 and #0715517, a CCLI Phase III Grant for the Collaboration of Astronomy Teaching Scholars (CATS).
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