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Ana M. Larson
ASTR 500
Seattle Campus

Practical Methods for Teaching Astronomy

Seminar in the preparation of lecture and workshop materials with emphasis on demonstration, visual aids, and the evaluation of students' progress. Credit/no-credit only.

Class description

Students can expect to get a solid foundation for teaching college undergraduates, a foundation that they can use to continue to build their teaching expertise. This foundation will include basic course content (syllabus, selection of a text, assessments), including opportunities for active participation and group work, lecturing techniques, evaluating student progress, helping students learn, and designing and implementing learning objectives.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Since this is a variable credit course, the classes will vary somewhat according to the number of credits you choose: 1 credit -- attend 50 minutes of class for a seminar-like discussion and interaction, minimal outside work 2 credits -- attend 110 minutes of class. Work will consist of more hands-on activities and practice, some outside work 3 credits -- attend both days plus choose an outside project that reflects your interests, maybe 20 hours total outside work

Recommended preparation

Senior or graduate student status required. This course is intended for graduate students in astronomy or other physical sciences, or the college of education.

Class assignments and grading

Lots of reading and thinking; application of what is learned in class to section teaching; preparation of a syllabus, teaching portfolio, lectures, exams, and related exercises.

Successful completion of assignments, participation. Course is credit/no credit only.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Ana M. Larson
Date: 06/10/2009