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Austin Workshop

Austin Workshop

Saturday & Sunday, January 7-8, 2012
8:00am - 5:30pm

Austin Convention Center
500 E. Cesar Chavez Street
Room 17B
Austin, TX 78701

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

Presented by Edward Prather, Gina Brissenden, Colin Wallace (University of Arizona), and Paul Robinson (Westchester Community College), hosted in conjunction with the 219th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society

The overarching goal of this 2-day 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.

Fee: The AAS charges a nominal $45 registration fee for this workshop. You will need to register both on the CAE registration website (link below) and on the AAS registration website (so that you can pay the AAS registration fee). The AAS registration website it: here. Please remember to do both.

You do not need to be a member of the 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 $80:

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 AAS Travel and Lodging Website has information on cab fares, directions from airports and airline discounts and recommendations as well.

Hotel Information

The AAS has contracted group rates from the HIlton Austin, and to get the group rate, you must make your reservation by December 4th.

Use the Hilton Austin to make your reservations.

The AAS Travel and Lodging Website has more information about group rates, reservations, airline information and other travel information.

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