CAPER Workshops

We work with a variety of partners, to host cutting edge professional development workshops for faculty who teach astronomy, physics and the geosciences.  Our workshops are collaborative, and focus on pragmatic classroom actions that can be used to enhance the instructor's "teaching toolkit." Rather than listening to lectures on how to not lecture students, faculty engage in the kinds of activities that we know work with students. Threaded throughout, we provide an introduction to the most robust findings in the cognitive sciences, so that faculty can have a head start on adapting teaching interventions for their own classrooms.  

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Workshop & Conference Registration Links

IAU Symposium 326: Research in Astronomy Education: Far Reaching Impacts and Future Directions, October 3-7, 2016, Heidelberg, Germany.  Updated Information Here

The Astronomy Teaching Summit Conference, Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, CA. July 31-August 3, 2015, Updated Information Here

Georgia Science Teachers Association Conference, Atlanta Marriott Evergreen, Stone Mountain, GA, Teaching Introductory Astronomy Using Quantitative Reasoning Activities, 9am-4pm, February, 6, 2016, Registration Information Here

American Association of Physics Teachers Pre-Conference Workshops, Southern University at New Orleans, 6400 Press Drive, New Orleans, LA 70126, January 9-10, 2016, Registration Information Here   

  • W12: Teaching Introductory Astronomy Using Quantitative Reasoning Activities, Saturday, January 9, 2016, 8am-Noon; 

  • W13: Active Learning in College Meteorology 101 Courses, Saturday, January 9, 2016, 1pm-5pm; 

  • W24: Engaging students in Astronomical Inquiry, Sunday, January 10, 2016, 8am-Noon

American Astronomical Society Pre-Conference Workshop, Gaylord Palms Resort, Orlando, FL. Teaching Introductory Astronomy Using Quantitative Reasoning Activities, January 3, 2016, Registration Information Here

Some Past Workshops

Astronomy is a Verb-Teaching Introductory Astronomy Students Using Data-Rich, Research-Oriented Labs. Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 12:30pm-3:30pm in Room 327 at the Hawaii Convention Center.

Publishing Your Astronomy Education & Outreach Research and Evaluation Results: A Panel of International Journal Editors, Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 1030am-Noon in Room 318A at the Honolulu Convention Center.

Teaching the Art of Scientific Argumentation to Improve Students Understanding of Astronomy. Wednesday, Thursday, August 6, 2015, 10:30am-Noon in Room 328 at the Honolulu Convention Center. 

Hawaiian, Oceanic and Global Cultural Astronomy: Tangible and Intangible Heritage. A Conference in Hilo, on the Big Island of Hawai‘i, August 16–20, 2015. 

Thomas Nelson Community  College, Hampton, VA, April 25, 2015

American Association of Physics Teachers- San Diego, CA  January 3, 2015

Seattle Pacific University- Seattle, WA   January 4, 2015

International Association for Science Teacher Education Conference- Portland, OR  January 6 & 7, 2015

City College-  San Francisco, CA  October 17 & 18, 2014

Third National Symposium on Education in Astronomy- Curitiba, PR, Brazil  October 21-24, 2014

University of the District of Columbia,  May 3, 2014

Massachusetts Institute of Technology,  May 31 -June 1, 2014

Tougaloo College  (Touglaoo, Mississippi), June 7-8,  2014

Join the Collaboration

We are happy to partner with NASA, the American Geophysics Union (AGU), the National Society of Black Physicists (NBSP) and a score of host campuses.  Overcoming educational inertia requires substantial work, which is much easier with like-minded collaborators.   If your organization is interested in working with our collaboration, please contact us