Date of Award
Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (MSIS)
Science and Technology
Dr. Edgar Corpuz
Dr. Mario C. Diaz
Dr. Liang Zeng
The purpose of this work is to develop instructional materials to enhance the expertise of students in conducting observational astronomy research. The designed instructional units aim to provide students with an adequate knowledge of astronomy and hone their skills necessary in conducting observations, collecting and analyzing data including processing of astronomical images.
The instructional design is anchored on the ADDIE model (Analyze, Design, Develop, Implement and Evaluate). The phases from ADDIE were used as a framework to accomplish the process of developing the instructional materials. After following the ADDIE, it was possible to define performance goals and tasks which were used to define a general structure of the material, composed of two instructional units: Observational Astronomy and Data Analysis, each one composed of two tasks and several subtasks.
Twelve inquiry-based activities were developed following the three phases of the Karplus’ learning cycle. These activities focus on developing specific knowledge of Astronomy and enhancing skills of the students, leading them to do real science at the observatory. In this paper, the development process and pilot-testing of the inquiry-based activities will be presented.
Hinojosa Lee, Americo Francisco, "Design and Development of Inquiry-based Materials for Conducting Observational Astronomy Research at UTRGV" (2018). Theses and Dissertations. 304.