Numerical resources for training were created in research laboratories. Considerable care was taken to present rigorously correct information, in an innovative way and available in a wide variety of forms.
Since 2001, the Observatoire de Paris has a Numerical Campus called "Customized Astrophysics", which has now many branches:
- numerical laboratory at the Master level,
- a virtual campus, tutored distance training: Diplômes d’Université at the level of Licence and Master,
- many interactive components with /free access/, constituting a resource for teaching, or for personal education
- computer applications and software, tools of the virtual campus, freely available
The numerical resources for training were created in research laboratories. Considerable care was taken to present rigorously correct information, in an innovative way and available in a wide variety of forms: courses, exercises, QCMs, practical work, interactive applets, tools to simulate and visualise physical and astrophysical phenomena, and multimedia tools. The tools throw fresh light on the subject, by highlighting the relationships with other scientific disciplines, and in particular physics and mathematics. They exploit the discipline’s rich iconography (NASA, HST, ESO photographs), and develop a capacity in related tasks: decoding, critical appraisal and analysis of a document, of an image, of a graph.
The TICE cell (which is behind these projects) has encouraged the use of freely available software for the creation of the content of these training platforms.
These projects are being translated, so that the contents can be shared, and so that our institution, which is behind the virtual campus, can be known beyond the frontiers of the French speaking world.
- Tutored distance training by a lecturer/researcher at the Observatoire
- Customized astrophysics
- Multimedia pedagogical resources with free access, suitable for the general public:
- Physics students working for the Licence or Master : the cursus « Windows on the Universe», the numerical laboratory, Mathematics for Astronomy,
- Astronomy for teachers, proposed by certain Plans Académiques de Formation (Academic training programmes), targets school and high school teachers
- Amateurs, demonstrators et science presenters: the tutored cursus « Astronomy and Celestial Mechanics»
- Schoolchildren and enthusiasts in general, sites pedagogical videos: "Astronomy at high school", "Exoplanets", "1 2 3 Planet!" and resources distributed by Numerical Universities such as the UVED (sustainable development) or the UNISCIEL (science on-line) Astronomy videos : "Light!", "Make light talk", "The Galileo affair", "Digital Image, Scientific image", "On Time, Space and Water"
- Astronomie et Mécanique Céleste
- Diplôme d’Université de l’observatoire, through distance training (L1 level)
Cellule TICE@Observatoire de Paris