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Computer-Based Simulation: Stimulating Learning in Astronomy
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, , University of Missouri - Columbia, United States

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Vienna, Austria ISBN 978-1-880094-65-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Abstract

The Stellar Properties laboratory is online interactive learning laboratory module designed for an introductory college-level astronomy course for non-science major students. In order to determine properties of stars and their stellar classifications, students are engaged in a step-by-step process using different techniques of collecting and analyzing data. The laboratory project takes students through the guided path from finding stellar parallax to plotting stars on the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram. The reasoning process in which students are engaged throughout the entire exercise facilitates construction of a mental model of the scientific research process, while computer graphics maintain students’ motivation to explore diversity of stellar families. It is easily adaptable for learners of various ages and different levels of prior knowledge. The computer-based component of the project is developed using Flash software and freely available online. The current version of the laboratory is a gradual integration of traditional paper-based worksheets into a computer simulation.

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Ruzhitskaya, L. & Speck, A. (2008). Computer-Based Simulation: Stimulating Learning in Astronomy. In J. Luca & E. Weippl (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2008--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 5389-5396). Vienna, Austria: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved July 20, 2019 from .

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