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PIRATE - the piCETL Astronomical Telescope Explorer

By Ulrich Kolb, Robert Lucas, Vadim Burwitz, Stefan Holmes, Carole Haswell, Juan Rodgriguez, Samantha Rolfe, John Rostron and John Barker

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

Publisher: The Open University
Year: 2010
OAI identifier: oai:oro.open.ac.uk:26018
Provided by: Open Research Online

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