AAS 207th Meeting, 8-12 January 2006
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All findings are embargoed until the time of presentation at the meeting.

The NASA Center for Astronomy Education (CAE) Teaching Excellence in Introductory Astronomy Workshop

Saturday-Sunday, January 7, 2006, 9:00am-5:00pm, Cotillion South

This two-day, interactive teaching excellence workshop focuses on dilemmas college astronomy instructors face and develops practical solutions for troubling issues in curriculum, instruction, and assessment. After reviewing the latest research about how students learn, participants will 1) define and set measurable learning goals and objectives for students in their astronomy courses, 2) learn how to create productive learning environments by using interactive lectures, peer instruction, engaging demonstrations, collaborative groups, and tutorials and 3) also learn how to write more effective multiple-choice tests and implement authentic assessment strategies including portfolio assessment, performance tasks, and concept maps. 


Lead presenters, Ed Prather and Tim Slater, are astronomers in the Conceptual Astronomy and Physics Education Research (CAPER) Team at the University of Arizona's Steward Observatory. 


Participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses. There are no registration or materials fees and you do not need to be a member of the AAS to attend the workshop. 


Pre-registration is required, however. You can register online at http://astronomy101.jpl.nasa.gov/workshops. It is highly recommended that you attend BOTH days of the workshop. 

Sponsored by the NASA Navigator Public Engagement Program, with additional support from the Spitzer EPO program and the American Astronomical Society. 

Organized by Gina Brissenden, gbrissenden@as.arizona.edu 

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