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PIRATE - the piCETL Astronomical Telescope Explorer

Kolb, Ulrich; Lucas, Robert; Burwitz, Vadim; Holmes, Stefan; Haswell, Carole; Rodgriguez, Juan; Rolfe, Samantha; Rostron, John and Barker, John (2010). PIRATE - the piCETL Astronomical Telescope Explorer. In: Norton, Andrew ed. Electronic Resources for Teaching and Learning. Milton Keynes: The Open University, pp. 58–64.

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Abstract

We have set up PIRATE, a remotely operable 35 cm astronomical telescope in a robotic dome at the Observatori Astronomic de Mallorca, to pilot the realtime use of a telescope by distance-leaning students from their home. Remote access software, webpages and course materials for third level Open University students were developed. The experience from the first cohort of students of a 10 week-long project based on PIRATE demonstrates the success of the PIRATE concept for teaching practical science at a distance, and highlights the benefits distance learning students draw from a stimulating framework that facilitates group working.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Copyright Holders: 2010 The Open University
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetPiCETL
Academic Unit/Department: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Physical Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR)
Item ID: 26018
Depositing User: Ulrich Kolb
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2011 11:25
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2016 17:11
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/26018
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