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Long Beach Workshop

Long Beach Workshop

Saturday & Sunday, January 5-6, 2013
8:00am - 5:30pm

Hyatt Regency Long Beach
200 South Pine Avenue
Regency Ballroom B
Long Beach, California 90802

Improving the College Introductory Astronomy and Space Science General Education Course Through Active Engagement: A Tier I (Introductory) Workshop

Presented by Gina Brissenden (Center for Astronomy Education (CAE), University of Arizona), Rica French (MiraCosta College) and Paul Robinson (Westchester Community College) and hosted in conjunction with the 221st Meeting of the American Astronomical Society(AAS)

The overarching goal of this workshop is for participants to become familiar with research-validated active engagement teaching strategies and assessment materials, as well as how to implement them in their college astronomy courses, through role-playing, modeling, practice, and more!
To accomplish this goal, participants in our workshop will learn how to create productive learning environments beginning with a brief review of research on the nature of teaching and learning. Most workshop time will be spent with participants playing the roles of student, instructor, and critical friend to practice implementing active engagement strategies such as interactive lectures, Think-Pair-Share, interactive demonstrations and videos, collaborative groups, Lecture-Tutorials, and Ranking Tasks. The workshop will culminate with participants learning how to put these teaching strategies together into effective learning sequences for the learner-centered classroom.
You do not need to be a member of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), nor be attending this AAS meeting, to register for the workshop; however, we strongly encourage you to do both! The AAS now offers an Education Affiliate Membership , which is only $84.
Fee: The AAS charges a nominal fee for this workshop: $45. You will need to register on the AAS website for this workshop, in order to pay the registration fee. There are two ways to do this. If you plan to attend only our workshop and not the AAS meeting OR if you have already registered for the AAS meeting (but did not register for our workshop when you registered for the meeting) please contact Hannah Payne at for instructions on how to register with the AAS for our workshop. If you are planning on registering for both the AAS meeting and the workshop, you can do that online here: AAS Registration
This workshop is designed for college instructors, post-docs, and graduate and undergraduate students currently teaching astronomy (or who think they will be in the near future).
If you are not a college instructor, post-doc, or graduate or undergraduate student, but you would still like to attend the workshop, please contact us to be put on our waiting list.

This workshop is now closed. If you would like to be added to a waiting list, please send us an email. Thank you.

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The American Astronomical Society has provided a page with travel information for airlines that can be found here: Travel and Lodging

Hotel Information

The American Astronomical Society has provided some information regarding hotels and lodging: Travel and Lodging

They mention that they have some block rooms reserved at a group rate for the conference, but to be sure to get the rate, you'll need to reserve by December 14, 2012. Hotels included are below, please see the link above for full information on the AAS website:

The Westin Long Beach: Reserve Now

Hyatt Regency Long Beach: Reserve Now

Renaissance Hotels & Resorts: Reserve Now

Hilton Long Beach: Reserve Now

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