ASP2020: A Virtual Conference
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Tips for Teaching Introductory Astronomy During the Pandemic
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, in March 2020, colleges and universities moved their classes online. Most classes are still being taught online several months later. I teach two introductory astronomy courses - Descriptive Astronomy and Life in the Universe - to non-science majors at Joliet Junior College, a community college in Joliet, IL. I have been teaching Descriptive Astronomy face-to-face and online for over a decade. Before the pandemic, I taught Life in the Universe in the face-to-face format. This fall, I am teaching four sections of Descriptive Astronomy and one section of Life in the Universe online. I will teach the same set of classes online in Spring 2021. Since moving online in March 2020, I have made improvements to my course materials in both courses. I plan to implement further improvements in the future. I also made adjustments to my Fall 2020 courses to keep my grading manageable while all my classes are online. In this presentation, I will briefly describe the changes I made to my classes over the last several months. Based on my experiences, I will also provide some practical tips for teaching introductory astronomy online during the pandemic.
Conference Strand: Online K-16 Teaching & Learning