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Sept 24 - Intro
Oct 1 - Exploration
Oct 8 - Analogs
Oct 15 - Fact & Fancy
Oct 22 - Mid-Course Corrections
Oct 29 - Rock Cert
Nov 5 - Activities
Nov 12 - Misconceptions
Nov 19 - Projects
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Dr. Mike Reynolds
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Oct 17: SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY!
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
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!
China releases first lunar image
South Korea to send probe to Moon in 2020
- NASA's new grade 6-8 curriculum using the Moon to teach science. Has anyone tried it?
scouts out the Moon while in China.
Adequate video animation
showing how the Indian Chandrayaan satellite will work - but a talented college student could make a more realistic video.
Resistance to Science article.pdf
Evidence from developmental psychology about childhhod origins of adult resistance to science.
- an exercise for high school kids on measurement and interpretation
Music of the Moon concert
First high res video of Moon from Kaguya!
Nov 7: In a
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;
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)!
A Moon flight simulator!
Training Apollo astronauts to be geologists
April 9, 2008 launch for Indian lunar orbiter
Chinese sci-fi about the Moon
Plundering the Moon
- read the comments following the article
China's Moon orbiter to launch Wednesday!
Oct 17: SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY!
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
Babies born at full Moon?
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
suite at the little suburban symphony east of San Francisco. (In a tux, no less.) Congrats, Andy!
Self-sufficient lunar habitat?
Two 50 yr old views of lunar exploration
by our classmate Ken Murphy!
- using wikis in education
Lunar outpost plans
influence on neurological disorders?
The Moon in Folklore
- a summary
uses wikispaces to provide resource material for all departments!
Classic Moon map w/ landing sites
India's 2nd lunar probe will have rover
Chinese launch in November
Scientific American article on NASA's Constellation Program
- new rockets for the Moon & Mars.
India and Russia discuss joint Moon missions
Sept 22: This week is the
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!
NPR story on Google's $30 million Lunar X Prize
Google Moon now a valuable resource!
British view of
In the Shadow of the Moon
Lunar Transient Phenomena Explained
Russia plans lunar base
Science magazine on Asian Moon missions
Moon Race for Asia
Unveiling China's Chang'e Moon Project
Shoots for the Moon (
Aug 13: Pre-dawn
August 28 -
, 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
who have signed up!
has been selected as the Wikispaces
site of the month
Please send me any questions and I'll add them to this list.
What is the deadline date for registration of this course?
Deadline registration date would be first week of class - Sept 24.
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
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.
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