Talk:Astronomy college course

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Like any wiki, this is a work in progress, and edits are welcome.

The current status is:

  • A single section of a one-semester course is currently being taught, for the first time.
  • The inevitable lack of style uniformity emerged as the course progressed. If two or more profs decide to use this at the same time, these issues need to be addressed.
  • During this first effort it became clear that:
  1. a few good questions are better than a large number of 'trivial' questions for students to answer as they read the materials. A good policy is to have the students answer these questions by hand (to avoid electronic copy-pasting). Also, it helps to allow students to "pass" on a certain fraction (e.g. 25%) of questions. This allows them to move on if they see something they don't understand.
  2. The wikiquizzes are a big hit with the students. The conscientious students study the quizzes before reading the text. The less conscientious focus on memorizing the quiz questions. As the "test bank" of wikiquizzes grows, this problem will diminish as the test bank becomes more difficult to memorize.
  3. An excel spreadsheet for properly randomizing the test bank is available.
  4. So far, nobody has found fault with the lazy method of referencing to the permalink,in small print at the top of each section . --guyvan52 (discusscontribs) 19:44, 5 March 2014 (UTC)
After consulting with a Custodian, in the future the history page will be included when a Wikipedia article is imported for editing. (We are still figuring out how...)--guyvan52 (discusscontribs) 02:00, 14 March 2014 (UTC)