Astronomy

Course Description:

Astronomy provides a broad overview of all topics in astronomy for the beginner. The course provides a foundation to the science of astronomy including motions in the night sky and the tools of modern astronomy. It contains the most up-to-date science about our solar system, stars and galaxies. Astronomy also explores the exciting prospects for future discovery in astronomy including life in the universe and the mysteries that continue to perplex astronomers. The course provides an engaging combination of videos, interactive media, photo galleries and readings so that students can explore the content in a variety of ways.

Course Details:

Course Title (District): Astronomy
Course Title (NCES SCED) : Astronomy
Course Provider : Michigan Virtual
Content Provided By : Michigan Virtual
Online Instructor Provided By : Michigan Virtual
Standards Addressed : CCSS, NCAA
Ailgnment Document : http://media.mivu.org/mivhs/alignchart/sci/ast.pdf
Academic Terms : Accelerated, Semester, Trimester
NCES SCED Code :
Subject Area : Life and Physical Sciences
Course Identifier : Astronomy
Course Level : (G) General or Regular
Available Credit : 0.5
Sequence : 1 of 1

How To Enroll:

Enrollment Website : https://slp.michiganvirtual.org/
Email : [email protected]
Phone : (888) 889-2840

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Additional Course Information:

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to

  • Identify Stars and Constellations in the night sky;
  • Understand our Solar System’s place in the Universe;
  • Observe the Moon’s changes in the sky;
  • Identify historic events in space and astronomy.

INACOL Online Course Quality Standards

Academic Content Standards and Assessments Rating Comments
The goals and objectives clearly state what the participants will know or be able to do at the end of the course. The goals and objectives are measurable in multiple ways. Fully Met There is a clear explanation of syllabus
The course content and assignments are aligned with the state’s content standards, Common Core curriculum, or other accepted content standards set for Advanced Placement® courses, technology, computer science, or other courses whose content is not included in the state standards. Fully Met The course has been NCAA approved.
The course content and assignments are of sufficient rigor, depth and breadth to teach the standards being addressed. Fully Met
Information literacy and communication skills are incorporated and taught as an integral part of the curriculum. Fully Met This is part of every unit, lesson guides, and submission of assignments.
Multiple learning resources and materials to increase student success are available to students before the course begins. Fully Met Materials are available to students upon completion of registration.
Course Overview and Introduction Rating Comments
Clear, complete course overview and syllabus are included in the course. Fully Met This is provided in the syllabus.
Course requirements are consistent with course goals, are representative of the scope of the course and are clearly stated. Fully Met These are clearly explained in each lesson, unit, and test.
Information is provided to students, parents and mentors on how to communicate with the online instructor and course provider. Fully Met It appears that a teacher is not currently assigned to this class. There is a place in the menu template where the info would be stored, consistent with teacher info for other classes. Clearly there is intent to meet this standard.
Legal and Acceptable Use Policies Rating Comments
The course reflects multi-cultural education, and the content is accurate, current and free of bias or advertising. Fully Met
Expectations for academic integrity, use of copyrighted materials, plagiarism and netiquette (Internet etiquette) regarding lesson activities, discussions, and e-mail communications are clearly stated. Fully Met This is located under the Student Tab on the MVU home page and the Course Info page.
Privacy policies are clearly stated. Partially Met There is a link to information on Course Info page.
Instructor Resources Rating Comments
Online instructor resources and notes are included. Fully Met Notes, videos, teacher lectures, animations, simulations, etc. are included in each unit.
Assessment and assignment answers and explanations are included. Fully Met Answers are given immediately for multiple choice questions on Checkpoint quizzes and tests. Short answer or essays require teacher to grade within 72 hours. Many assignments are made in such a way that answer keys are not practical.
Instructional and Audience Analysis Rating Comments
Course design reflects a clear understanding of all students’ needs and incorporates varied ways to learn and master the curriculum. Fully Met There are many varied resources offered.
Course, Unit and Lesson Design Rating Comments
The course is organized by units and lessons that fall into a logical sequence. Each unit and lesson includes an overview describing objectives, activities, assignments, assessments, and resources to provide multiple learning opportunities for students to master the content. Fully Met The content material is well organized, assessments reflect content material covered, and assignments are designed to build student skills.
Instructional Strategies and Activities Rating Comments
The course instruction includes activities that engage students in active learning. Fully Met All units require active student participation.
The course and course instructor provide students with multiple learning paths, based on student needs that engage students in a variety of ways. Fully Met There are paths within each unit to help students engage.
The course provides opportunities for students to engage in higher-order thinking, critical reasoning activities and thinking in increasingly complex ways. Fully Met Unit projects and homework require higher level thinking.
The course provides options for the instructor to adapt learning activities to accommodate students’ needs. Fully Met Flexibility built into the course allows the instructor flexibility in making accommodations. The nature of most of the assignments allows for student learning styles.
Readability levels, written language assignments and mathematical requirements are appropriate for the course content and grade-level expectations. Fully Met There are a broad range of support materials including articles from National Geographic and other science magazines, journals, and websites.
Communication and Interaction Rating Comments
The course design provides opportunities for appropriate instructor-student interaction, including opportunities for timely and frequent feedback about student progress. Fully Met The teacher scores and comments on short answer and essay questions. Students also participate in the discussion board.
The course design includes explicit communication/activities (both before and during the first week of the course) that confirms whether students are engaged and are progressing through the course. The instructor will follow program guidelines to address non-responsive students. Fully Met Students have to show mastery of skills necessary to use MVU site interface. "My Grades" page ensures that grades are posted and that students have access to their progress. The discussion board is another avenue.
The course provides opportunities for appropriate instructor-student and student-student interaction to foster mastery and application of the material. Fully Met Discussion board posts, responses to short answer and essay questions, feedback from projects and assignments, and "My Grades" page all provide feedback for the learner.
Resources and Materials Rating Comments
Students have access to resources that enrich the course content. Fully Met There are many different websites, simulations, videos, articles, maps, charts, and animations.
Evaluation Strategies Rating Comments
Student evaluation strategies are consistent with course goals and objectives, are representative of the scope of the course and are clearly stated. Partially Met Unit tests reflect content material. The reviewers could not find them clearly stated.
The course structure includes adequate and appropriate methods and procedures to assess students’ mastery of content. Fully Met There are unit tests, projects, and lesson quizzes.
Feedback Rating Comments
Ongoing, varied, and frequent assessments are conducted throughout the course to inform instruction. Fully Met Unit tests, checkpoint quizzes that cover two or three
Assessment strategies and tools make the student continuously aware of his/her progress in class and mastery of the content. Fully Met Unit tests, checkpoint quizzes that cover two or three
Assessment Resources and Materials Rating Comments
Assessment materials provide the instructor with the flexibility to assess students in a variety of ways. Fully Met Quizzes, tests, and assignments seem to balance course weight to student advantage.
Grading rubrics are provided to the instructor and may be shared with students. Partially Met Project rubrics are available for each unit in class tools --> rubrics
The grading policy and practices are easy to understand. Partially Met There is no statement that refers that final grades are established by public district.
Course Architecture Rating Comments
The course architecture permits the online instructor to add content, activities and assessments to extend learning opportunities. Fully Met Each unit allows the instructor to build content, create assessments, add tools, assign textbook, and discover content.
The course accommodates multiple school calendars; e.g., block, 4X4 and traditional schedules. Fully Met Self-paced with a suggested calendar. Pacing guides are offered to help students fit course materials into 8, 12, or 18 weeks.
User Interface Rating Comments
Clear and consistent navigation is present throughout the course. Fully Met
Rich media are provided in multiple formats for ease of use and access in order to address diverse student needs. Fully Met Each unit allows the instructor to build content, create assessments, add tools, assign textbook, and discover content.
Technology Requirements and Interoperability Rating Comments
All technology requirements (including hardware, browser, software, etc...) are specified. Fully Met MVU Homepage --> Students --> Getting Started --> Tech Requirements
Prerequisite skills in the use of technology are identified. Fully Met Technology requirements are clear as to necessary skills
The course uses content-specific tools and software appropriately. Fully Met e.g., Stellarium
The course is designed to meet internationally recognized interoperability standards. Fully Met
Copyright and licensing status, including permission to share where applicable, is clearly stated and easily found. Fully Met MVU Homepage --> Students --> Getting Started --> CEMS Copyright & EULA
Accessibility Rating Comments
Course materials and activities are designed to provide appropriate access to all students. The course, developed with universal design principles in mind, conforms to the U.S. Section 504 and Section 508 provisions for electronic and information technology as well as the W3C’s Web Content Accessibility guidelines (WCAg 2.0). Not Met
Data Security Rating Comments
Student information remains confidential, as required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Fully Met Options are given for parent and/or guest access. Link to the privacy policy is on MVU Homepage and on the Course Info page.
Accessing Course Effectiveness Rating Comments
The course provider uses multiple ways of assessing course effectiveness. Fully Met There is an End of Course Survey, Assessments, and HW 8.4 (Unit 8 Homework assignment)
The course is evaluated using a continuous improvement cycle for effectiveness and the findings used as a basis for improvement. Fully Met It has been updated to fix broken links, to comply with changing curriculum and standards, and to change or add resources.
Course Updates Rating Comments
The course is updated periodically to ensure that the content is current. Fully Met Other classes are in the process of being updated. MVU clearly sees this standard as important.
Certification Rating Comments
Course instructors, whether faceto-face or virtual, are certificated and “highly qualified.” The online course teacher possesses a teaching credential from a state-licensing agency and is “highly qualified” as defined under ESEA. Fully Met
Instructor and Student Support Rating Comments
Professional development about the online course delivery system is offered by the provider to assure effective use of the courseware and various instructional media available. Fully Met Instructors take mandatory instruction and professional development on online teaching before they begin to teach for MVU.
The course provider offers technical support and course management assistance to students, the course instructor, and the school coordinator. Fully Met
Course instructors, whether face-to-face or virtual, have been provided professional development in the behavioral, social, and when necessary, emotional, aspects of the learning environment. Fully Met Part of Teacher Certification
Course instructors, whether face-to-face or virtual, receive instructor professional development, which includes the support and use of a variety of communication modes to stimulate student engagement online. Fully Met Instructors take mandatory instruction and professional development on online teaching before they begin to teach for MVU.
The provider assures that course instructors, whether face-to-face or virtual, are provided support, as needed, to ensure their effectiveness and success in meeting the needs of online students. Fully Met Instructors take mandatory instruction and professional development on online teaching before they begin to teach for MVU.
Students are offered an orientation for taking an online course before starting the coursework. Fully Met Welcome video at "Start Here"

Review Conducted By : Michigan Virtual
Date of Review : 07/15/2014

  • Astronomy As a Career
  • Distances to Objects in Space
  • Early History of Astronomy
  • Our Sun as a Star
  • Our Solar System
  • Stellar Spectrums
  • Nature of Stars
  • Galaxies and the Universe
  • Life in the Universe
  • Reaching Out Into Space
Term Type Enrollment Opens Enrollment Ends Random Draw Date Enrollment Drop Date Course Starts Course Ends # of Seats Course Fee Potential Additional Costs
Semester 04/01/2020 11/02/2020 06/01/2020 08/07/2020 01/29/2021 300 $325.0000 0.0000
Trimester 04/01/2020 10/19/2020 06/01/2020 08/07/2020 12/18/2020 100 $325.0000 0.0000
Trimester 04/01/2020 01/04/2021 06/01/2020 10/23/2020 04/02/2021 100 $325.0000 0.0000
Semester 04/01/2020 03/29/2021 06/01/2020 11/27/2020 06/18/2021 300 $325.0000 0.0000
Trimester 04/01/2020 04/12/2021 06/01/2020 01/08/2021 06/18/2021 100 $325.0000 0.0000
Drop Policy Completion Policy Term Type Enrollment Opens Enrollment Ends
The last day to drop to receive a full refund is either 25 consecutive days after the enrollment's Start Date or the defined refund date, which ever date comes soonest. Students who are enrolled with a Start Date that is in the past, will have a minimum of 5 consecutive calendar days to drop and receive a refund. Students may access their course from their enrollment Start Date to their enrollment End Date. For reporting purposes, a completion is a 60% final score or higher. Semester 04/01/2020 11/02/2020
The last day to drop to receive a full refund is either 25 consecutive days after the enrollment's Start Date or the defined refund date, which ever date comes soonest. Students who are enrolled with a Start Date that is in the past, will have a minimum of 5 consecutive calendar days to drop and receive a refund. Students may access their course from their enrollment Start Date to their enrollment End Date. For reporting purposes, a completion is a 60% final score or higher. Trimester 04/01/2020 10/19/2020
The last day to drop to receive a full refund is either 25 consecutive days after the enrollment's Start Date or the defined refund date, which ever date comes soonest. Students who are enrolled with a Start Date that is in the past, will have a minimum of 5 consecutive calendar days to drop and receive a refund. Students may access their course from their enrollment Start Date to their enrollment End Date. For reporting purposes, a completion is a 60% final score or higher. Trimester 04/01/2020 01/04/2021
The last day to drop to receive a full refund is either 25 consecutive days after the enrollment's Start Date or the defined refund date, which ever date comes soonest. Students who are enrolled with a Start Date that is in the past, will have a minimum of 5 consecutive calendar days to drop and receive a refund. Students may access their course from their enrollment Start Date to their enrollment End Date. For reporting purposes, a completion is a 60% final score or higher. Semester 04/01/2020 03/29/2021
The last day to drop to receive a full refund is either 25 consecutive days after the enrollment's Start Date or the defined refund date, which ever date comes soonest. Students who are enrolled with a Start Date that is in the past, will have a minimum of 5 consecutive calendar days to drop and receive a refund. Students may access their course from their enrollment Start Date to their enrollment End Date. For reporting purposes, a completion is a 60% final score or higher. Trimester 04/01/2020 04/12/2021

Students can use chat, email or private message system within the course to access highly qualified teachers when they need instructor assistance.

School Year Enrollment Count Pass Count Completion Rate Notes
13-14 129 111 86.0% Enrollment data include all enrollments (21f and non-21f) for the Spring and Summer 2013-14 school year.
14-15 287 251 87.5% Enrollment data includes all enrollments (21f and non-21f) for the 2014-15 school year.
15-16 315 272 86.3% None
16-17 336 292 86.9% Enrollment data include all enrollments (21f and non-21f) for the 2016-17 school year.
17-18 302 254 84.1% Enrollment data includes all enrollments (21f and non-21f) for the 2017-18 school year.
18-19 301 262 87.0%
19-20 270 212 78.5%