Enhancing the Educational Astronomical Experience of Non-Science Majors with the use of an iPad and Telescope
General Education (GE) classes are designed to broaden the understanding of all college and university students in areas outside their major interest. However, most GE classes are lecture type and do not facilitate hands on experimental or observational activities related to the specific subject matter. Utilizing several astronomy application programs (apps), currently available for the iPad and iPhone, in conjunction with a small inexpensive telescope allows students unique hands on experiences to explore and observe astronomical objects and concepts independently outside of class. These activities enhance the students overall GE experience in a unique way not possible prior to the development of this technology.