Students role-play Athenians debating democracy in a Reacting to the Past game at Elon University.

Astrophysicist. Professor. Gamer. Dad.

Can you encapsulate a person's career and interests in a single web page? Probably not. However, if you're reading this, you're trying to find out something about me and hopefully you'll succeed. Whether you're trying to schedule an appointment, download slides from a recent talk I gave, or stalk me on Facebook, most of the links you'll need are on this page. By the way, here are the two papers on Reacting to the Past and Epic Finales that mentioned in my 2014 Teaching and Learning Conference plenary:

Research Projects

My research tends to involve aspects of astronomy, computing, education, gaming, and visualization in varying degrees. A more comprehensive list of my research publications and presentations can be found in my curriculum vitae (CV) in the Elon University directory.

STEM Reacting to the Past Games

The Pluto Debate Role-Playing Game

The Curtis-Shapley Debate

Elon Noyce Scholar Program

Visual Literacy in Astronomy

Virtual Worlds and Virtual Reality

Morphologies of Active Galaxies

Extragalactic Magnetars and GRB

Robotic Telescopes

Presentation Slides

Here are some slides from recent talks I've given for professional conferences and public audiences. Be sure to click on each slide when you want to advance to the next one. You'll also need to download Quicktime if you don't have it already.

"Teaching Your First Reacting Class"
Annual Faculty Institute at Barnard College
New York, NY (June 2014)
"Assessment of
Reacting to the Past Role-Playing"
ISSOTL in Raleigh, NC (October 2013)
"Opening Plenary"
Annual Faculty Institute at Barnard College
New York, NY (June 2014)
"Teaching Visual Literacy
in Astronomy Classes"
AAPT in Portland, OR (July 2013)
"Are We Alone?: The Probability of Alien Civilizations in our Galaxy"
Elon, NC (April 2014)
"Learning Astronomy
Through Role-Playing and Debate"
AAS in Long Beach, CA (January 2013)

Videos

Here are a few select videos featuring conference talks, interviews, and online classes I've done. More are available on my YouTube channel.

Experiential Education on the Edge

Galileo's Astronomy: Then and Now

What is Second Life?

Introduction of John Tumbleston '06

The Meade LX-10 Astronomy Lab

How Does RTTP Help Students Learn?

Bio

Tony Crider speaks the the opening plenary of the 2014 Annual Faculty Institute for Reacting to the Past at Barnard College.

Tony Crider is an Associate Professor of Physics at Elon University in North Carolina. He received his Ph.D. in space physics and astronomy from Rice University in 1999 and continued his research of gamma-ray bursts as a National Research Council associate at the Naval Research Laboratory. Before moving to Elon, Dr. Crider taught at American University where he coordinated the Multimedia Design and Development program. His interest in science visualization led him to create virtual planetariums, telescopes, and lunar landscapes within the 3D online world of Second Life. In 2006, he co-founded the SciLands, an archipelago of Second Life islands dedicated to science education and outreach. Shortly after that, he began using Reacting to the Past role-playing games in his astronomy classes and subsequently invented the chapter-length reacting game. His own game, The Pluto Debate: The International Union Defines a Planet was the first of many science reacting games to receive funding from the National Science Foundation. Recently, Dr. Crider completed a book chapter on visual literacy in astronomy and began studying the morphologies of active galaxies seen with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. His hobbies include playing the guitar, motorcycling, and trying to understand his dog, Murphy.

Schedule

You can view my work schedule below and, during the school year, book an office visit with me.

Contact

Mailing Address

2625 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244

Virtual Address

acrider@elon.edu
336-278-6268