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Astronomy Workshops and Lectures for Faculty

Norton is offering workshops from fellow instructors, authors, and Norton team members to help support you and your teaching goals.

Featured Events

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Assigning Our Astro 101 Activities: A 30 Minute Overview

Hosted by The Norton Astronomy Team

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Join the Norton Astronomy team and some of your colleagues using Norton activities for Astro 101 to learn about:

• Creating a great assignment in Smartwork
• Creating engaging classroom activities
• Designing better lab activities
• How our resources can be accessed through any Learning Management System, like Blackboard, Moodle, Desire2Learn, and Canvasore these questions and more using the Interests, Interaction and Institutions analytical framework.

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Engaging All Types of Learners in Astro 101

Hosted by Dr. Stacy Palen

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In this workshop from Norton Astronomy, Dr. Stacy Palen, Professor of Physics at Weber State University and author of 21st Century Astronomy, will discuss techniques for using different mediums to engage all students in the Astro 101 course. Dr. Palen will discuss her experiences using active learning, video, and more to teach core Astronomy concepts and how her experience teaching at an open enrollment university informed how she creates activities.

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Ensuring Educational Equity in the Astro 101 Classroom

Hosted by Stacy Palen

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In this online workshop, Stacy Palen, professor of astronomy at Weber State University and author of Understanding Our Universe, will discuss techniques for ensuring educational equity in the online Astronomy classroom.

Norton Astronomy believes in fostering a community of astronomers through high-impact teaching workshops and round-table Coffee Break discussions. We’d love for you to join us!

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Archived Events

"Engaging All Types of Learners in Astro 101" Hosted by Dr. Stacy Palen, November 2021

In this workshop, Dr. Stacy Palen discusses techniques for using different mediums to engage all students in the Astro 101 course. Dr. Palen goes over her experiences using active learning, video, and more to teach core Astronomy concepts and how her experience teaching at an open enrollment university informed how she creates activities.

"Teaching Astro 101 Students Scientific Thinking" Hosted by Violet Mager, April 2021

In this Course Challenges workshop from Norton Astronomy, Violet Mager, assistant professor of physics and astronomy at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, will share techniques for teaching astro 101 students inquiry-based, scientific thinking.

"Explorers Wanted: Assessing your Astro 101 Students Through Gameplay" Hosted by Norton Astronomy Team, June 2020

In this online workshop, we will discuss how At Play in the Cosmos: The Videogame engages students with core astro 101 concepts. We will showcase our new Solar System missions, which encourage students to collect data and apply astronomical tools to an expanded list of Solar System objects.

"Showing the Human Side of Science in Astro 101" Hosted by Adam Frank and Jeff Bary, May 2020

In this workshop, Adam Frank will discuss how he makes scientific thinking more accessible to students by showing the human side of science—the people who make discoveries and the processes they use. He and Jeff Bary will also discuss how they use gaming, particularly At Play in the Cosmos: The Videogame, to get their students to think like scientists.

"Creating an Active Astro 101 Classroom" Hosted by Tabitha C. Buehler, December 2020

In this Course Challenges workshop from Norton astronomy, Tabitha C. Buehler, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Utah, will discuss how she uses hands-on, in-class activities to get her astro 101 students working through astronomical concepts.

"Course Challenges Workshop: Teaching the Expanding Universe" Hosted by Todd Vaccaro, October 2020

Todd Vaccaro, assistant teaching professor of physics and astronomy at Ball State University, will share specific activities that he uses to help his students visualize astronomy and understand the expanding universe.

"Ensuring Educational Equity in the Astro 101 Classroom" Hosted by Stacy Palen, October 2020

In this online workshop, Stacy Palen, professor of astronomy at Weber State University and author of Understanding Our Universe, will discuss techniques for ensuring educational equity in the online astronomy classroom. Stacy will draw from her experience teaching at Weber State, an open enrollment university that enrolls a diverse student population as well as many nontraditional students.

"How Do You Get Your Students to Engage with the Process of Science?" Hosted by Jeff Bary, June 2020

In this online workshop, Jeff Bary, professor of astronomy and physics at Colgate University and lead author of At Play in the Cosmos: The Videogame, will discuss how you can use gameplay to encourage students to participate in the process of scientific discovery for themselves.

"Norton Astronomy—Transitioning to Online Teaching" Hosted by Rob Bellinger, April 2020

We are hosting a webinar with Rob Bellinger, our astronomy media editor, on how best to implement existing Norton resources in an online class. As a reminder, we are offering the Videogame, Smartwork online activities, and our simulations, animations, and demo videos at no cost to students for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester.

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