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The Astronomy On-Line Evaluation Project

Astronomy On-Line is a pilot project in the fields of science education and communication and it has attracted 720 groups with a total of about 5000 participants from 39 countries. You all have experienced Astronomy On-Line and will certainly have many different views concerning this project and how you felt by working through the WWW.

In order to further develop learning-by-WWW and modern communication technologies we would like to gather these experiences before it is too late.

For this reason, an On-line Questionnaire (a WWW form) has been prepared and is now available at the Astronomy On-Line WWW sites. We kindly ask all the students and teachers (or group leaders) participating the Astronomy On-Line to fill in the form. You may wish to pull over the form in your WWW browser and have a look at the questions before you complete it. Or you can do it On-line by just clicking on the buttons in the Form below.

You must submit them by filling out this Astronomy On-Line Evaluation Questionnaire. Please do so before Tuesday, November 26, at 24 UT.

When the data have been received, they will be processed and the results will be published on a special Astronomy On-Line WWW page to be announced later. Please note that the Questionnaire is processed absolutely anonymously and the data will only be used for research purposes.

The questions are in English. Group leaders, could you please help your group members to fill in the Questionnaire if the language is too difficult. Thank you!

The Astronomy On-Line International Steering Committee (ISC) attaches great importance to the results of this study as it is will allow to assess of all the aspects (positive as well as negative, strong points, what was lacking...). This will be a great help when Astronomy On-Line shall be changed so that it can function optimally in the time after the present phase. Moreover, since this project is unique, this study may help those who are now thinking about establishing similar On-Line projects in other scientific fields.

Jari Multisilta (Finland),
Franck Pettersen (Norway) and
Josee Sert (France).


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