AAS 201st Meeting, January, 2003
Session 88. Undergraduate Astronomy Instruction, Labs and Research
Poster, Wednesday, January 8, 2003, 9:20am-6:30pm, Exhibit Hall AB

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[88.09] Bringing Astronomy Labs into the 21st Century at Arizona State University - Update

L. M. Will (Arizona State Univ. & Mesa Community College), P. Scowen (Arizona State Univ.)

During the Summer of 2000, the ASU Physics & Astronomy department went through a major overhaul of the Introductory Astronomy Lab courses. The goals for this curriculum revision included flexible delivery of lab material, maximal use of resources, introduction of computer-based labs, and development of laboratory exercises with emphasis on relevance to the accompanying lecture course. Remote observing exercises using the Braeside Observatory have also been incorporated into the laboratory courses. The new lab curriculum is more rigorous than previous treatments, but still emphasizes basic astronomical concepts. This poster represents the results of more than two years of applying the new astronomy labs on a large university scale. The poster will outline the successes of the new astronomy lab curriculum, as well as address some of the unforseen problems that were encountered.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: lisa.will@asu.edu

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