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ASP2021: A Virtual Conference

ASP2021: A Virtual Conference
Preliminary Schedule

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    3:00 PM - 3:50 PM: Concurrent Session 8C: 3:00 pm PST (6:00 pm EST) - Oral Presentations
    Visually Impaired in a General Astronomy Course
    Conference Strand: Advancing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Access & Social Justice
    Carmen Pantoja, University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras
    Gloria M. Isidro Villamizar, Caribbean University
    Abstract of Session/Presentation: The blind and visually impaired are faced with many obstacles in college when studying science and mathematics due to the visual approach in teaching these subjects. We will describe some of our experience in adapting a General Astronomy course at the University of Puerto Rico for the visually impaired or blind. This course provides a general introduction to astronomy at a phenomenological level. Students are expected to have a working knowledge of algebra. We focus on the accessibility strategies we have used when teaching mathematics concepts related to astronomy. We will address some considerations and challenges to take into account when adapting lessons for the visually impaired and an example topic of coordinate systems. Some of the materials or strategies developed for the classroom can later be used with other audiences in other science or education courses.