Enhancing student involvement in astronomy teaching

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Since years, an astronomy introduction was taught to second year students in physics as a mixture of theory and exercises to learn to work with the equations and the derived laws. This year we replaced the exercises by a series of tutorials in which the students have to gather their own data with a robotic telescope in New Mexico and a virtual one. The data are then analyzed using the theoretical concepts. The set-up uses several concepts from popular computer games: ownership, suspense, failure and success, community membership. This approach leads to more student involvement and a greater willingness to acquire supporting knowledge through self-study.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBPS General Scientific Meeting
Publication statusPublished - 21 May 2008

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NameBPS General Scientific Meeting


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