Using the Big Ideas in Cosmology to Teach College Students
Recently, powerful new observations and advances in computation and visualization have led to a revolution in our understanding of the structure, composition, and evolution of the universe. These gains have been vast, but their impact on education has been limited. We are bringing these tools and advances to the teaching of cosmology through research on undergraduate learning in cosmology as well as the development of a series of web-based cosmology learning modules for general education
undergraduate students. Informed by our research on student learning in cosmology, we are utilizing best pedagogical practices to implement the content in an accessible online student-centered framework. In this workshop, we engaged participants with examples of interactive exercises, illustrations and text from the initial module of the three-module curriculum. We invite interested educators to help us test the materials
with their students as the curriculum develops.