Oliver J. Fraser
Introduction to the universe, with emphasis on conceptual, as contrasted with mathematical, comprehension. Modern theories, observations; ideas concerning nature, evolution of galaxies; quasars, stars, black holes, planets, solar system. Not open for credit to students who have taken ASTR 102 or ASTR 301; not open to upper-division students majoring in physical sciences or engineering. Offered: AWSpS.
I teach several versions of Astro 101. During the 2013-2014 school year I'm teaching Astro 101 B, an online course with different assignments and labs from the 101A, the in-person course. 101B is a group-start course that begins and ends in sync with the quarter and only meets for the exams. More information is available here: http://www.onlinelearning.washington.edu/ol/intros/astr101/
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
My in-person course's use lecture time to teach the majority of material. Lectures include participatory elements, but section time is used for labs, questions, and more interactive material. My online course's assignments include writing prompts and computer-based labs.
Both my in-person and my online classes are intended for students who need support with scientific and mathematical concepts. I think any online class requires greater independence and time management skills; for my online class you will need to organize your time carefully to keep up and ask for help when you need it.
Class assignments and grading