"Research Supporting Multisensory Engagement by BVI and Sighted Students to Advance Integrated Learning of Astronomy and Computer Science"

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Conference Proceeding

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Meeting of the American Astronomical Society



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Also known as IDATA, this is a National Science Foundation STEM+C funded project that works to advance knowledge and understanding of best practices in teaching and learning related to computation and computational thinking in astronomy and how participation influences students' attitudes and beliefs about who can engage in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and computing. Further, the project brought together blind and visually impaired (BVI) and sighted high school and middle school students and their teachers to create a fully accessible astronomy data retrieval and analysis software tool and curricular resources. The team used user-centered design (UCD) processes and the iterative method for the development and testing of software and the modules: improving access to our amazing universe for those with BVI related disabilities. The accessible software and instructional modules produced by the project may be adopted by a range of BVI and sighted individuals, but may also be transferrable to other similarly visually-intensive domains such as satellite, geophysical, and medical imaging. Come learn about the current status of the project and dissemination efforts for the software and curricular resources.


Teaching and learning; Computational thinking in astronomy; Student attitudes and beliefs; STEM; Blind and visually impaired; BVI students; Sighted students; Accessible astronomy data retrieval and analysis software tool


Education | Higher Education | Scholarship of Teaching and Learning



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