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Teaching undergraduate astrophysics with PIRATE

Brodeur, Marcus; Kolb, Ulrich; Minocha, Shailey and Braithwaite, Nicholas (2014). Teaching undergraduate astrophysics with PIRATE. In: Revista Mexicana de Astronomía y Astrofísica, 45 pp. 129–132.

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Abstract

PIRATE is a 0.43m semi-autonomous research and teaching observatory owned by The Open University, UK. Since 2010, it has been reserved for several months of each year for teaching astronomy in the OU's undergraduate programme. As students in these courses operate PIRATE remotely rather than travelling to the observatory itself, we chose to investigate whether effective learning was adversely affected by the absence of a more traditional 'hands on' experience. We discuss student perspectives on the technologies employed (i.e., remote and virtual investigations), the impact these had on perceived course outcomes, and consider implications for future teaching and outreach.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 The Authors
ISSN: 0185-1101
Keywords: astronomy; astrophysics; education; science education; distance 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: 41892
Depositing User: Marcus Brodeur
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2015 10:27
Last Modified: 02 May 2018 14:05
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/41892
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