Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA
After a pre-instruction assessment is administered on the first day of class, students find their assigned groups of three to four students, and work cooperatively on an in-class activity worksheet.
The first page is based on an "astronomy in the marketplace" activity (D. Schatz, "Why Should We Care About Exploding Stars?" Universe in the Classroom, no. 8, Spring 1987, http://www.astrosociety.org/education/publications/tnl/08/stars2.html).
Students discuss what they will be interested in learning about in this course, and also subjects that they expect will be confusing. Selected responses are discussed by the instructor following this activity, along with answering selected comments and questions from the students.