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About the Astronomy Center
AstronomyCenter.org is a web-based databank that provides faculty with links to a wide range of teaching and learning resources for the Undergraduate Introductory Astronomy course. All materials are classified by their topic and activity type, and have descriptions outlining their content. Information about authors, publishers, costs, and copyright is also provided.
Educators can use this collection to find curriculum materials, images, classroom demonstrations, labs, online learning resources, evaluation instruments, and articles about approaches to astronomy education. The collection can be searched by keyword or browsed by topic or type of resource. Advanced Search with more details can also be performed.
Users of the AstronomyCenter.org are encouraged to actively participate. They may suggest materials for the editors to include in the collection, share comments, and build personal collections of materials. Although anyone may use the database, participation requires the creation of a user account so that contributions can be connected to the user. Account creation is free and requires only a name and email address.
AstronomyCenter.org is a service provided by the American Association of Physics Teachers and the ComPADRE project. It is supported, in part, by the National Science Foundation and the American Physical Society Campaign for Physics. Opinions expressed here are not necessarily those of the AAPT, APS, or the NSF.
The Editorial Process
The editorial process is summarized in this chart. The solid line in the figure is meant to separate tasks associated with the Physical Science Resource Center (psrc.aapt.org) and the Astronomy Center (astronomycenter.org). All metadata records will reside in a single database at the PSRC.
The review rubric asks reviewers to consider three areas when reviewing a site for the Astronomy Center collection: quality, potential effectiveness and ease-of-use. The online form asks reviewers to rate the resource as Unacceptable, Some Problems, Average and Useful, High Quality, or Exemplary in each of the three areas and overall. The review process is meant to be a collaborative exchange between the reviewer, the associate editor and author. The process should encourage content authors to improve their online resources and submit them to the collection for wider use.
Anonymity: It is standard policy for the reviewer to remain anonymous to everyone but the editor and associate editor. If a reviewer elects to reveal his or her name, the author and reviewer agree to copy the editor or associate editor on all direct correspondence between the author and reviewer. Comments submitted via the online forms will be archived and visible only to the associate editor and editor.
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