AAS Responds to Increased Online Instructional Needs
As increasing numbers of institutions are quickly moving to online instruction in the wake of COVID-19, the AAS would like to support astronomy educators who have suddenly found themselves in this challenging situation. We are aware of many efforts in the community to disseminate techniques for remote teaching and learning as well as online curriculum materials. Our goal in the coming days is to provide short “triage” videos and other materials from experts in online astronomy learning, a curated list of practices and curriculum materials, and links to existing crowdsourced efforts by the community.
The Society will also be providing easy access to our scholarly journals during the coming weeks and months, as some folks may face challenges accessing their institutional subscriptions remotely.
We also hope you would consider sharing lessons learned through scholarly articles as you go through the transition to online instruction, which you can submit to the Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society. We welcome content related to instruction and learning. And don’t forget our eBooks series, available directly or through most universities, and the online resources available through Sky & Telescope and the AAS WorldWide Telescope (great for virtual lab exercises).
Stay healthy, stay engaged, and keep on teaching!
Chair, AAS Education Committee
San Francisco State University