Sept 24-30: Welcome to our To the Moon course!



Topics for Week One

This page is a course orientation page, but also I want to collect in one place what you should be doing this week.
1. Begin to learn the Moon - here is a page to start you off - with an embedded assignment and discussions.
2. What is EPO? Here is the page for that.
3. How can the wiki be used in education? The course will give you first hand experience, but here are some guidelines and links to related efforts.



Introduction


Welcome, welcome, welcome!
During the next 8 weeks we will explore three topics:

  • How the Moon formed and evolved, how humans understand it in terms of myths, misconceptions, art, music and scientific explorations;
  • How NASA's concept of education and public outreach (EPO) provides a framework for using science and new discoveries to promote understanding of the scientific process, including chosing and evaluating lessons and activities about the Moon; and
  • How to use a wiki in education - we will model this by doing it, although it is a first for us all!

The participants in this class have diverse backgrounds as educators. Some are in informal ed, some in classroom teaching, and some promote the Moon in other venues. Although the general design of the course is set, the faculty want to tweak it to maximize its value to you the participants. Hence:

Assignment 1

Create a wiki page for yourself, which will be where you will add material during the course. You can say anything you want on this page, but here are two things you specifically need to address:

1. What is your experience in education and your interest/level of knowledge about the Moon?

2. What do you specifically hope to get out of the course?

Four people have already added their pages - see the list at the bottom of the menu bar on the left. Please complete the assignment this week (Sept 24-30).

Pre-Test 1: Grier

Jennifer Grier, who will lead our Nov 12 week, would like everyone to answer the 10 questions she has prepared - they are in a MS Word file that you can download, fill out, and then email directly back to Jennifer at jgrier@psi.edu Don't look up answers! This is important - just indicate which seems to you to be the best answer and say why, based on what you know right now. This will not be graded, but will be used to inform our discussions about misconceptions and learning. Jennifer will discuss this during her week.


How the Course Works


Each week a faculty member will guide your investigation of a particular aspect of the Moon and education. Each instructor will do it differently - we are all exploring how to use the wiki to provide a strong interactive experience. The goals are to provide new content and ways of thinking about the Moon and education, and to engage in intense discussions. Each week there will some combination of readings (placed as files here or linked to existing online material), questions for you to respond to, and observing or exploring educational activities.

Where to Post Things

Here are some policies to make everything consistent.
Post assisgnments on your personal wiki page; have headings to identify the week and topic.
Post response to discussion questions on the "Discussion" option on that week's page. For example, if you want to talk about the topics for this week, click "discussion" on the top tab and enter your comments. It is easy to respond to what was said by a prof or another participant.

Assignments

Assignments will be posted each week on various pages of the wiki - to make them easy to find they are all linked from the News-FAQ page.

Group Projects

The faculty would like the students to create group projects, due for presentation at the end of the course, the week of Nov 19-25. The project should be something useful to you and potentially others who will teach about the Moon. It can be a new or reworked activity, a lesson plan, a web resource, or anything relating to the Moon and education, and having value. We hope that in the next week or so as we get to know each other, group of 2-4 participants will come together to create a project.

Grading

There will be no exams nor papers for this course. I expect everyone will do very well, but it is still necessary to provide a grade - the university wants one and you probably want to know how you did. The faculty expect that each participant will fully participate in the life of the course by contributing meaningful comments to the weekly discussions. Each week there will be 2-4 discussion questions and you should contribute comments based on your readings, experience or uncertainty - that is, a question. Additionally, your descriptions of lunar observations and analyses of lesson plans/activities will count towards your evaluations. The final component is your contributions to a group project, desribed above.

A grade of "A" will result from sustained intensive participation with relevant and insightful comments and questions. A grade of "B" is earned by fewer and/or less relevant comments. A "C" is not something we want to talk about!



I hope you don't feel there is too much work for week one! We want to know who you are (and so do your participant colleagues), get some input for use later (Pre-Test 1), and get you familiar with the Moon (Assignment 2).
OK, go back to the Tasks for Week 1 and enjoy!

- tychocrater tychocrater Sep 23, 2007


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