Here is the email I sent Oct 24 that contains info about the project. Let me know if you have questions. Chuck

Welcome to week 5 of To the Moon. This is a time to enjoy observing the Moon with eyes, binoculars and telescopes - it is well placed in the evening sky. And its also a time to catch up on course readings and assignments as necessary. And finally, its time to start your project. As shown on the syllabus the last week is for the presentation of project presentations. Here is what we are looking for for a project:

1) Ideally a team project, with 2 or more participants. The reason for this is to encourage you to work collaboratively with the various tools available: the wiki, email, telephones, etc. You can do a project by yourself, but a team one would be more fun.

2) The project is to create, or significantly modify, an activity to teach some audience something about the Moon, using content from this course. If you are teaching in a school you may want to create a lesson plan; if you are in a planetarium you may outline an approach to an exhibit or activity; if you work informally with different groups you may want to design an after-school activity. Or you may have an idea for a website to reach the masses.

3) Think of a project and send a description of it to me (by next Monday) for comments and suggestions - I will forward it to any of the other faculty as appropriate.

4) Prepare a wiki page, or website, or podcast, or script, or ??? documenting your lunar lesson of whatever sort. Describe who the intended audience is, and what you want them to understand about the Moon. Describe your activity and finally, how you will evaluate its effectiveness. Try not to recycle what you already do, but to develop something new or make a significant improvement.

5) During the week of Nov 19 all projects will be posted online/distributed and each person will evaluate three other projects, using Laurie Ruberg's rubric: http://moon-edu.wikispaces.com/Lesson+Plan+Rubric

Because we are at the halfway point in the course, this is a good time to suggest how we can make it better. Are you getting out of it what you want to learn about the Moon and education about it? We can modify the second half to make it more successful for your particular interest and needs. The staff would like your comments. I have created a new wiki page http://moon-edu.wikispaces.com/Oct+22+-+Mid-Course+Corrections that you can add comments to in the discussion section - Malcolm already has.

There was a question about grades. They will be based on participation - quantity and quality. By quantity the class is bi-modal - mostly split between A and F - some folks have been active participants and others haven't submitted a thing. I have been in contact with everyone and hope that there will be a lot of catching up soon. As for quality, some discussions and assignments are thoughtful and clearly engaged, and others are filling in the blanks. . You are taking this course because you think/hope the content will be valuable to you. You have to decide the level of effort you invest, but the university requires that I award grades based on performance. Lets avoid embarrassment!

This is another email communication, and it seems to be required because there is evidence that few people follow the wiki closely. Five days ago I posted on the news in bold type the opportunity to play an experimental lunar game that we are developing at WJU for NASA. Only one person has asked to participate. I think the game is a fun opportunity that most of your would want to try, but I think almost no one noticed the posting. The wiki requires more involvement than using email, but it also offers more opportunities. I hope you find the time to explore it more! And comment about it on the Mid-Course Corrections page!

The Moon is still there - full in the sky tonight. It now has a Japanese spacecraft circling it. And this morning China successfully launched its lunar orbiter! The pace of exploration is picking up! And need for understanding and explaining increases too!

Chuck