Teaching astrophysical exploration to distance learners

The OpenScience Observatories (OSO) represent the pinnacle of a decade of research-led development, translating expertise gained through professional astrophysical research, technology exploitation and educational research into an astronomy curriculum that enables OU students at all levels to study astrophysical exploration.

The two OSO robotic telescopes in Tenerife facilitate monitoring of the variable Universe, contributing to compact binary star research, exoplanet research and research on optical counterparts of gravitational waves. Together with a robotic radio telescope at Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, these facilities are also instrumental in teaching practical science – observational astronomy – to OU distance learners at all levels.

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New grant to explore the use of Artificial Intelligence in teaching

Professor Bart Rienties and Dr Wayne Holmes in the OU’s  Institute of Educational Technology, have won Erasmus+ funding for a project called Artificial Intelligence in Teaching”.

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Discovering new planets

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 18:00 to 20:00

Berrill Lecture Theatre, Walton Hall, The Open University, MK7 6AA

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