To make it easier for you to find assignments that will ultimately be scattered across the seven Weekly Materials pages, the faculty will add links to them to this assignments page click HERE!


This is a listing of things related to the Moon, related education issues, and this course. If you want to see what is new on the wiki, click the "Recent Changes" option under the eclipsed Moon. Jump in and add things of interest!

Nov 26: China releases first lunar image
Nov 20: South Korea to send probe to Moon in 2020
Nov 19: Lunar Nautics - NASA's new grade 6-8 curriculum using the Moon to teach science. Has anyone tried it?
Nov 18: Course participant scouts out the Moon while in China.
Nov 18: Adequate video animation showing how the Indian Chandrayaan satellite will work - but a talented college student could make a more realistic video.
Nov 15: Evidence from developmental psychology about childhhod origins of adult resistance to science.
Nov 12: Lunar Land - an exercise for high school kids on measurement and interpretation
Nov 8: Music of the Moon concert
Nov 7: First high res video of Moon from Kaguya!
Nov 7: In a report on education as the last sector of the economy to use technology effectively, there is a list of "nine key areas of education:

Building conceptual understanding of core content;
Addressing misconceptions;
Fostering inquiry and investigation;
Applying knowledge and skills to interdisciplinary challenges;
Creating and transforming knowledge for meaningful purposes;
Collaborating with others;
Apprenticing with experts;
Engaging and motivating students; and
Differentiating instruction to meet individual needs."

It seems that a wiki can help do most of these (as can non-technologies, such as a talented teacher in a classroom!). Any comments on the list, or if technology is really the salvation of learning? (This is not an assignment)!

Nov 4: A Moon flight simulator!
Nov 4: Training Apollo astronauts to be geologists
Nov 3: April 9, 2008 launch for Indian lunar orbiter
Oct 27: Chinese sci-fi about the Moon
Oct 27: Plundering the Moon - read the comments following the article
Oct 22: China's Moon orbiter to launch Wednesday!


We have developed a lunar origin and evolution videogame that you can play. If you'd like to, please send a request to Andrew Harrison at
Oct 16: Babies born at full Moon?
Oct 16: Launch date for Chinese lunar Orbiter - 24 Oct!
Oct 14: Andy Fraknoi makes his symphony debut today! He is am narrating a video program to go with Holst's The
suite at the little suburban symphony east of San Francisco. (In a tux, no less.) Congrats, Andy!
Oct 9: Self-sufficient lunar habitat?
Oct 6: Two 50 yr old views of lunar exploration by our classmate Ken Murphy!
Oct 4: Wiki Wisdom - using wikis in education
Oct 1: Lunar outpost plans
Sept 29: Lunar phases influence on neurological disorders?
Sept 29: The Moon in Folklore - a summary
Sept 28: U-Mass-Boston library uses wikispaces to provide resource material for all departments!
Sept 27: Classic Moon map w/ landing sites
Sept 26: India's 2nd lunar probe will have rover
Sept 25: Chinese launch in November
Sept 24: Scientific American article on NASA's Constellation Program - new rockets for the Moon & Mars.
Sept 23: India and Russia discuss joint Moon missions
Sept 22: This week is the Moon Festival in San Francisco and other places with Asian populations. This emphasizes the role of the Moon in calendars. Indeed, the full Moon was worshipped during the Tang Dynasty. Full Moon is tomorrow if you are feeling worshipful!
Sept 22: NPR story on Google's $30 million Lunar X Prize
Sept 18: Google Moon now a valuable resource!
Sept 14: SELENE launched!
Sept 2: British view of In the Shadow of the Moon movie.
Sept 1: Lunar Transient Phenomena Explained
Aug 31: Russia plans lunar base
Aug 31: Science magazine on Asian Moon missions
Aug 24: Moon Race for Asia
Aug 21: Unveiling China's Chang'e Moon Project
Aug 14: China Shoots for the Moon (Forbes)
Aug 13: Pre-dawn lunar eclipse August 28 - details!
Aug 5: Andrew Fraknoi, Astronomy Instructor, foothill College and former Executive Director of Astronomical Society of the Pacific, will receive the Richard H. Emmons Award for Excellence in College Astronomy Teaching at the 2007 ASP Award Dinner. Andy is a faculty member of this Moon course too! Congratulations!
Aug 2: Only yesterday we sent our first email notices of the course and already have 5 people who have signed up!
Aug 2: The-Moon Wiki has been selected as the Wikispaces site of the month for July!


Please send me any questions and I'll add them to this list.

1. What is the deadline date for registration of this course?

Deadline registration date would be first week of class - Sept 24.

2. How much time is estimated will be required each week for the course as I may also be taking another online course at the same time, plus teaching full time?

This is a 2 credit course so in addition to about 2 hrs a week spent online (scattered over many connections), I'd anticipate that 4-5 hr/wk would be used to do additional research and preparation.

3. The course runs through Nov. 19, and I have professional conflicts that week. Will this present a problem meeting the weekly requirements during this time?

The last week is for the presentation of participant team projects. If your small group project is done in advance then you'd have less involvement that week.

4. I already have the NASA lunar & planetary meteorite certification (see class for Oct 29: Lunar Rock Certification and PBL). What is PBL and what would be my requirement for the week of Oct. 29?

Great! I think a number of participants have good experience that will contribute to class discussions. There will be somethings each week that are new to most people, but somethings where they have great experience to share. You can help others understand lunar rocks and how to teach with them, and problem-based learning (inquiry learning) is something where others can share experiences.

5. I am unfamiliar with Wikispaces. Is there any special technical requirement for this other than having onine availability? Is there a cost associated with Wikispaces? Is the basic format of this course to learn the information, and then create a Wiki online web page each week based on that week's topic?

We are using Wikispaces because its a very easy way to have discussions and share content, and its free. Its easy to learn - I've already posted instructions on how to make a page. The first assignment will be to make a page describing your background relevant to this course, and what you hope to get from it. The wikispace pages will allow discussion of questions that will be posed each week.

6. Please confirm that this course is for two graduate credit hours, and that tuition/fees for the course are due at the conclusion of the course.

Yes, its two graduate credits.
No, the tuition/fees are due near the beginning of the course - I'll have to look up the university deadline for payment.

7. Is it necessary to apply to Wheeling Jesuit University to take the course? Because this is not part of a graduate program (but I am working to develop a masters degree in space education!) it is not necessary to apply for admission to WJU. You will be considered a "transient student".

8. Is the $660 the total cost?
Yep. The only other expense will be if you decide to buy the optional text, a Moon map, etc.