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The on-line PPLATO Foundation Programme

In October 2004 the Physics Department at the University of Reading plans to pilot an on-line Physics Foundation Programme for students wishing to study physics or mathematics from home to prepare for entry into degree courses.  The programme is also suitable for personal or career development for those who may have no intentions of further degree level study.  In this case the programme is free-standing.  Students work either full-time (about 30 hours per week) or part-time (about 15 hours per week), with on-line tuition provided by experienced university tutors.  A one week residential laboratory school is available as part of the physics programme.  The October 2004 programme will be a pilot for future years, so numbers must be restricted.  Also, for this year it is possible to study this as a free-standing programme as well as part of a degree course.

This innovation stems from the Departmentís lead role in a major national research project that is developing resources to widen participation in physics.  The project is called PPLATO (Promoting Physics Learning And Teaching Opportunities) and the PPLATO Foundation Programme (PFP) is one outcome of this project. The programme will be taught by members of the project team led by Dr Mike Tinker, who is the Director of PPLATO, a National Teaching Fellow and a holder of the Institute of Physics Bragg Medal and Prize for Physics Education.  He developed the original on-site Reading Foundation in Physics programme in 1993 and has directed it since then.  PPLATO teaching materials are at the cutting edge of learning technology, including unique interactive teaching texts and computer-aided learning. 

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