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More about Anousheh Ansari:

Anousheh's Website

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International Space Station Tracker

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NASA Website

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Participate in Real Astronomy Science Projects

Explore Our Solar System

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More about Iran:

Behind the Rhetoric: The Real Iran

Iranian Revolution: 1979

Watch Anousheh Ansari's Presentation at UVU (Recorded September 11, 2013)

If you're a UVU faculty member  visiting this page, more than likely it's because you have decided to incorporate the freshman reading selection into your course curriculum. This is an important decision that will positively impact your freshman students in far-reaching ways. When faculty from diverse academic disciplines integrate a common text into their freshmen level courses, we achieve the following objectives:

OBJECTIVE ONE
Facilitate a universal academic experience that enables dialog and learning around a common point of reference.
Our incoming freshman body is diverse and non-residential. The freshman reading book provides a common academic experience that can help students of varying backgrounds and academic preparedness to connect with one another in an educationally purposeful way.

OBJECTIVE TWO
Initiate a universal academic experience that introduces reading as a gateway to meaningful exploration of a topic via a variety of academic disciplines.
Freshman students benefit from observing how a central topic can be applied and explored from a variety of methods and points of view. i.e., how might a sociologist apply this topic? Mathematician? Biologist? Etc. This process helps to reinforce the benefits of a solid general educational core, enhances critical thinking skills, and possibly assists students with their major and career choices.

When new freshmen encounter the freshman reading book in multiple academic and social settings, they experience a learning model that provides “environments and experiences that bring students to discover and construct knowledge for themselves” (Barr and Tagg, 1995, p. 12), moving them beyond the traditional instructional model of simply receiving information. This process more effectively enables students to become “members of communities of learners that make discoveries and solve problems” (Barr and Tagg, 1995).

If you have any ideas on how UVU can more dynamically integrate the freshman book into course curriculum and campus events, we'd love to hear them. Please send your comments and ideas to Martha Wilson, Assistant Director, First-Year Experience and Orientation.

Thank you for your support of this program!

Please scroll down for course specific ideas for integration.

References:
Barr, R.B., & Tagg, J. (1995, November/December). From teaching to learning: A new paradigm for undergraduate education. Change, 12-26.

An electronic version (pdf) of the book is available for download to students enrolled in CLSS 1000 and ENGH 0990 (academic year 2013-2014, only).

Teaching Resources for CLSS 1000 Faculty:

    1. Integrating "My Dream of Stars" with the FOCUS text is an excellent way to enhance learning concepts presented in the textbook (view idea document).

    2. Sample CLSS 1000 syllabus which shows how Yudi Lewis integrates the book into her course content. (view syllabus).

    3. Watch Anousheh Ansari's UVU presentation as a class. Have students write a reflective essay on what type of personal impact Anousheh Ansari has had on them (individual goals, leadership plans, career goals, etc.).

    4. Encourage individual and group submissions to the Freshman Reading Contest. Contest details available here and a printable flyer.

Teaching Resources for ENGH 0990 Faculty:

    1. Utilize "My Dream of Stars" as a supplemental assigned reading resource for some of your formal essay assignments. View our list of essay topics.

    2. Watch Anousheh Ansari's UVU presentation as a class. Have students write a reflective essay on what type of personal impact Anousheh Ansari has had on them (individual goals, leadership plans, career goals, etc.).

    3. Encourage individual and group submissions to the Freshman Reading Contest. Contest details available here and a printable flyer.