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Abstract Title: Evaluation of an Interactive Undergraduate Cosmology Curriculum
Abstract: "The Big Ideas in Cosmology" is an immersive set of web-based learning modules that integrates text, figures, and visualizations with short and long interactive tasks as well as labs that allow students to manipulate and analyze real cosmological data. This enables the transformation of general education astronomy and cosmology classes from primarily lecture and book-based courses to a format that builds important STEM skills, while engaging those outside the field with modern discoveries and a more realistic sense of practices and tools used by professional astronomers. Over two semesters, we field-tested the curriculum in general education cosmology classes at a state university in California [N ~ 80]. We administered pre- and post-instruction multiple-choice and open-ended content surveys as well as the CLASS, to gauge the effectiveness of the course and modules. Questions addressed included the structure, composition, and evolution of the universe, including students' reasoning and "how we know."
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session II
Poster Number: B13

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Kimberly Coble
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave.
TH 334
San Francisco, CA 94132
Phone: 773-203-5363
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Aaron White (San Francisco State University), Dominique Martin (Chicago State University), Patrycia Hayes (Chicago State University), Thomas Targett (Sonoma State University), Lynn R. Cominsky(Sonoma State University)