Factors to consider in making evaluation work for you

Lena Danaia, Joy Frechtling, Sanlyn Buxner

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Many projects involving robotic telescope education programs do not have published peer-review evaluations (Gomez and Fitzgerald, 2017). Most evaluations in this discipline area tend to be unreliable with questionable methodology and published in non-peer-reviewed conference proceedings or in the grey literature. It is not the case that evaluations are required to be peer-reviewed to be useful to the people running the project, but it is likely that grant funding bodies and other researchers will largely only trust peer-reviewed studies. It is also not the case that evaluations have to be public, they can be done privately for the interest of project personnel and project development alone. Either way, there are many things that need to be considered when planning a project evaluation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRobotic Telescopes, Student Research and Education (RTSRE) Proceedings Conference Proceedings
EditorsM. Fitzgerald , C.R. James, S. Buxner, S. White
Place of PublicationSan Diego, California, USA,
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780648399605
Publication statusPublished - 18 Oct 2018
Event2nd Annual Robotic Telescopes, Student Research and Education (RTSRE) 2017 - Hacienda Hotel, San Diego, United States
Duration: 18 Jun 201722 Jun 2017
https://aas.org/events/2017-02/robotic-telescopes-student-research-and-education (Conference information)


Conference2nd Annual Robotic Telescopes, Student Research and Education (RTSRE) 2017
Abbreviated titlePast, present, future
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego
OtherNOTE - program attached to PID 480414047

The Robotic Telescopes, Student Research and Education: Past, Present, Future conference will focus on the use of remotely-located, relatively small, typically optical robotic telescopes to support, promote, and drive research undertaken by high school and undergraduate students for scientific research as well as educational outcomes and uses.

The conference will aim to tie diverse strands into a coherent story of where we have been (the past), where we are now (the present), and outline the pathways and challenges going forward (the future). In doing so, we endeavor to provide a synthesis of the relatively disconnected communities surrounding remote and robotic telescopes, scientific research, and astronomy education to provide a global picture of the field in its current state.
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