PIRATE – the piCETL Robotic Astronomical Telescope Explorer

Kolb, Ulrich and Lucas, Robert J. and Burwitz, Vadim and Holmes, Stefan and Haswell, Carole and Rodriguez, Juan and Rolfe, Samantha and Rostron, John and Barker, John (2010) PIRATE – the piCETL Robotic Astronomical Telescope Explorer. In: Electronic Resources for Teaching and Learning. Open University, pp. 1-8.


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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 Section
Subjects: Astronomy Education Research
RTSRE Related Research
Depositing User: Dr Michael Fitzgerald
Date Deposited: 17 May 2017 02:02
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2018 09:26
URI: http://istardb.org/id/eprint/869

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