The basic idea of this MOOC is to empower teachers from all levels of educations to teach space and astronomy related topics to their students. The MOOC is built in such a way so that all teachers can participate, focusing especially on those who are interested in astronomy but never had the opportunity to learn more about it or have very little background information and do not feel comfortable to communicate basic information about our universe to their students.

More specifically, during the four modules of the course, we will:

  • Present and communicate basic information about the Sun, the Moon, the Earth and other planets, as well as other celestial objects
  • Tackle misconceptions about space and astronomy
  • Introduce fun activities and learn how to use them at school or at home
  • Raise awareness on different space missions and space careers. 

On the course we will be reflecting, discussing and sharing with each other about these topics. You will find a community of like-minded professionals on the course who can support each other in improving their classroom practices. We will be using a variety of online tools and social media to communicate with each other and engage in some peer review activities as part of the course.

The subject of this course will use as pedagogical pillars the aspects learned during the first Space Awareness MOOC, Teaching with Space and Astronomy, such as inquiry-based science education teaching practices, ICT tools, managing diversity in the classroom, maintaining gender balance in the classroom and thematic space careers. Although not mandatory, we strongly encourage you to review and familiarize yourself with the content of this first course, which can be found here if you haven’t done so already.

Join us already in the Space Awareness MOOCs Facebook group and share your ideas about the topic on Twitter using #spaceMOOC.

Space Awareness is an international project targeting children and teenagers all over Europe, providing them with information on space-related subjects. The project strives to educate children and young adults on the numerous career opportunities offered by the space industry and show them that space science can be fun and engaging. Space Awareness offers free high-quality resources for educators and children easily adaptable to different disciplines and countries.

The Our Wonderful Universe course is produced by the team of the Space Awareness project. In particular, there have been two partner organizations of the project who have built the course: Ellinogermaniki Agogi and European Schoolnet with full support from the partners and network of the project. The full partner list can be seen on the project website, here

 

 

 

 

 

This course was developed under the Space Awareness project funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Programme under the grant agreement no. 638653.

List of modules

Course Introduction Start date
29/05/17 14:00
End date
05/07/25 15:00
Module 1: Our Solar System Start date
29/05/17 14:00
End date
05/07/25 23:59
Module 2: The Sun and the Moon Start date
06/06/17 13:00
End date
05/07/25 23:59
Module 3: The Sun-Moon-Earth System Start date
12/06/17 13:00
End date
05/07/25 23:59
Module 4: Beyond our solar system Start date
19/06/17 13:00
End date
05/07/25 23:59
To enroll in this course you first have to register as a user on the European Schoolnet Academy platform. To register, please click the button below.

Start date

Monday, 29th May 2017

Duration

The course will run for 6 weeks with 1 module opening each week and two extra grace weeks at the end. The estimated workload is 2-3 hours per week.

Target audience

Each module includes activities for all age ranges, so teachers of all levels of education can participate (and not just science teachers). This MOOC can also be attended by parents who are interested in doing fun space-related activities with their children. The activities and information introduced could also be useful to science communicators and science museum curators.

Certification

You will receive digital module badges for every completed module of the course as well as a course badge and a course certificate upon completion of the full course. All badges can be exported to the Mozilla Badge Backpack.

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