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How effective is remote instruction for astrophysics?

Brodeur, Marcus; Kolb, Ulrich; Minocha, Shailey and Braithwaite, Nicolas (2014). How effective is remote instruction for astrophysics? In: Revista Mexicana de Astronomía y Astrofísica, 45 pp. 133–134.

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Abstract

While the value of robotic telescopes in research is hardly contested, it is often assumed that effective astronomy teaching requires hands-on experience with a physical instrument. We examined the impact of student perceptions of remote instruction technologies in undergraduate astronomy projects at The Open University, UK. Key contrasts in attitudes and outcomes exist between more and less advanced cohorts, but our findings indicate that students value virtual telescopes as effective training for live instrument control and that remote observation can be coordinated effectively among multiple simultaneous non-colocated users.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 The Authors
ISSN: 0185-1101
Keywords: astronomy; astrophysics; education; science education; remote instruction; telescopes; robotic telescopes; remote experiments; virtual experiments; online experiments
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Physical Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Computing and Communications
Research Group: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Physics
Item ID: 41891
Depositing User: Marcus Brodeur
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2015 10:48
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2018 11:38
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/41891
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