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

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[95.05] The TSU Streaming Video Astronomy Course II, Video Interface Design and Bandwidth Considerations

G. S. Burks, W. Smith (Tennessee State University)

Researchers are developing an on-line video astronomy course at Tennessee State University. Many factors are taken into account when designing a first year course for a broad audience. The initial target audience is students attending historically black colleges and universities, tribal colleges, and other minority institutions, without an astronomy course. The primary goal is to attract students into a course of study that could prepare them to enter the NASA workforce. A secondary goal is to serve the general student population. The question we try to address here is: How can we deliver the video components of such a course in a way that will take into account the innate learning styles of most students and the limited access to very high speed internet lines in smaller colleges? The design for the video information interface will be discussed. The effect of limited bandwidth on video size and other features of the presentation design is also analyzed.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: burks@coe.tsuniv.edu

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