Coming soon: LIPS 2017!
Welcome to the Live, Interactive Planetarium Symposium website! 2017 will be our seventh gathering.
We will be meeting in Muncie, Indiana, at Ball State University, from Tuesday - Friday, July 18 - 21. Tuesday through Thursday, July 18-20, will be the LIPS meeting, and Friday, July 21 will be an all day workshop from Tim and Stephanie Slater. "Revitalizing Introductory Astronomy Teaching." Friday is an optional add-on.
Description of the "Revitalizing Introductory Astronomy Teaching" Workshop:
As the students showing up in our astronomy classes change, so do our needs for an expanded and modernized active learning teaching toolkit. In this full-day participatory workshop, attendees will learn how to use proven strategies for highly effective interactive teaching that work best with a wide diversity of students.
The morning sessions will be dedicated to reinvigorating and revitalizing the course syllabus and using fast-paced mini learning activities for creating engaging lectures where students are actively involved in the learning process. The afternoon sessions will build upon our rapidly growing research base on how students learn astronomy and provide you with the tools and resources you need to engage students in doing appropriate-level astronomy research projects using online databases, such as GalaxyZoo and JPL's Solar System Simulator. This is definitely a workshop your students do not want you to miss!
Pre-registration is recommended and participants are encouraged to bring their personal laptop computers with MS Office (or OpenOffice) installed (iPads and tablets do not work as well). Classroom-ready materials will be distributed to all participants.
Basic information about LIPS:
What: LIPS will specifically focus on live, interactive planetarium lessons: connecting with your audience; enhancing performance skills; classroom management techniques; sample activities; etc. LIPS' goals include:
- To provide a participatory and practical professional development opportunity focusing on live presentations.
- To offer an opportunity to network with others doing live, interactive shows.
- To share information about available resources and products.
- To share ideas for improving programs: content, teaching tips, classroom management, etc.
- To explore what is required to start or improve an outreach program or business.
LIPS is different from other planetarium conferences in several key ways:
- This is not a full-dome movie festival; instead it focuses on skills and techniques for live lessons. While there are vendor demonstrations, these are live, interactive teaching demonstrations.
- The attendees choose what is on the schedule. How do they do this? By proposing a session they wish to lead, requesting a session to be led by someone else, and finally by choosing which sessions they want to attend. Note: Attendees must first register in order to propose, request, or choose sessions.
- There will be no true "lectures" at LIPS 2017; all sessions should be interactive. Prospective presenters: Remember that attendees are coming to LIPS because they do (or want to start to do) live, interactive lessons. This audience wants to actively take part in sessions, not observe passively.