A New Resource for College Distance Education Astronomy Laboratory Exercises
American Journal of Distance Education Volume 27, Number 3, ISSN 0892-3647
This article introduces a set of distance education astronomy laboratory exercises for use by college students and instructors and discusses first usage results. This General Astronomy Education Source exercise set contains eight two-week projects designed to guide students through both core content and mathematical applications of general astronomy material. Projects are divided between hands-on activities and computer-aided analyses of modern astronomical data. The suite of online resources includes student and instructor guides, laboratory report templates, learning objectives, video tutorials, plotting tools, and web-based applications that allow students to analyze both images and spectra of astronomical objects. A pilot usage study indicates that distance learners using these materials perform as well as or better than a comparison cohort of on-campus students. The authors are actively seeking collaborators to use these resources in astronomy courses and other educational venues.
Vogt, N.P., Cook, S.P. & Muise, A.S. (2013). A New Resource for College Distance Education Astronomy Laboratory Exercises. American Journal of Distance Education, 27(3), 189-200.