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Video Killed the Radio… Astronomer? No, not really

In March 2020, teaching became a whole lot harder. Luckily for me, I’d already had some help in designing an online asynchronous course for Astronomy 101. That summer, I made an upgraded version of my previous lectures to go along with my new set of class activities that included ones from Learning Astronomy by Doing Astronomy by Stacy Palen and Ana Larson.

Last semester I was finally prompted to post them on YouTube when I had trouble linking to our institutions private media server. Although we’re back in the classroom again, I have found it helpful to assign these lectures before class or for students who have missed class.

The videos range from 15 to 45 minutes, depending on the topic and depth of each. Each video is roughly one week’s material in a normal-length semester. The entire playlist is being compiled here, and they post once per week until it reaches all 15. I hope these are of help to someone!

Note: I don’t do any post production. I guess it’s from all those years of Google Hangouts on Air! You get to see my rambling typical classroom self with the occasional interruption by a dog since these were recorded at home. These were also recorded after my snap decision to shave my hair off in quarantine and rock a buzzcut for a few months.