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Matthew Kenworthy

‘I teach High Contrast Imaging, a 3 EC Masters course, and I co-teach Astronomical Telescopes and Instruments with Prof. C. Keller, a 6 EC masters course.'

Matthew Kenworthy

Continual challenge

'I find teaching a highly rewarding endeavour. It is very satisfying when a student understands a concept or idea that I have been teaching. I try to make my lectures as clear as possible without simplifying too much, which is a continual challenge.

Learning with Python codes

For my High Contrast Imaging course, each week the students learn a new way to detect extrasolar planets or circumstellar disks. Afterwards I give the students a Python code that uses real telescope data. In this code I show them how to use this new technique to make astronomical discoveries. It is very satisfying to see the students begin to understand and appreciate the challenges in doing research.

It is very satisfying when a student understands a concept or idea that I have been teaching.

Furthermore, I like seeing the students discuss the Python codes during the computer practicum. This was challenging with COVID, but we successfully put students into small breakout rooms. Luckily, they passed the course successfully.

Help understanding the concepts

For anyone teaching I would encourage them to make interactive computer codes for the practicums. They are challenging to produce the first time you teach, but they pay back by making students really understand the concepts.’

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