AAS 205th Meeting, 9-13 January 2005
Session 95 Technology in Astronomy Education
Poster, Wednesday, January 12, 2005, 9:20am-6:30pm, Exhibit Hall

Previous   |   Session 95   |   Next

[95.03] Open-Source Instructional Materials in Astronomy

T. H. Robertson (Ball State University)

Instructional materials are being developed in an open-source environment for introductory astronomy courses. These materials are being developed on, and will be available through, the LON-CAPA network accessed through the internet. Advantages of this system, which include materials sharing, free-software, search capabilities, context sensitive help and branching, metadata and on-line evaluation, will be discussed. Materials developed to date are limited primarily to personalized homework with a variety of question types for large (n = 100 student) classes at the Astronomy 101 and algebra-based astronomy levels. A progress report, as well as preliminary assessment data, will be provided on the scope of materials developed to date. Plans for future expansion will be presented.

This work was funded in part by grants from Ball State University.

Previous   |   Session 95   |   Next

Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, 36 5
© 2004. The American Astronomical Society.