The OAE Review on
Online Formats For Astronomy Education


The internet and its associated technologies have together provided a wealth of opportunities, expanding the reach and approaches of not only science but more importantly science education. In the context of astronomy education this has led to a great increase in the number of resources available online. It can be challenging for novice educators (even experts) and students to filter through these and select the better ones. This session brought together a range of talks and posters, which provided a small snapshot of not only what is available in the context of online resource repositories and formats, but also some of the best practices and solutions related to taking astronomy education online. Some of the resources include e-books, e-course websites, citizen science projects, lab activities, sky viewing tools, and various repositories. The session aimed to show the ease and also the hurdles faced by those who have actually tried their hand at this. It is hoped that it will give the audience enough information and confidence to use an online resource for teaching or starting their own platform. The session mentioned mostly open-source and free content that can address a key barrier related to equity and accessibility. These have to be considered when developing online resources for astronomy education.

Mini-review document

This review was the topic of a session at the 3rd Shaw-IAU Workshop. The proceedings from this session have been adapted into a mini-review (PDF file 4.72 MB) .