EPJ Web Conf.
Volume 253, 2021ANIMMA 2021 – Advancements in Nuclear Instrumentation Measurement Methods and their Applications
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Section||Education, Training and Outreach|
|Published online||19 November 2021|
On teaching experimental reactor physics in times of pandemic
Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia
2 Uppsala university, Sweden
Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Published online: 19 November 2021
The COVID-19 induced restrictions have prevented reactor physics students from attending in-person reactor physics exercises which are a vital part of their education. Jožef Stefan Institute has organized remote exercises with the help of off-the-shelf technology, including multiple videoconferencing setups, remote desktop software, portable cameras, a dome camera, shared spreadsheets, and a common whiteboard. The students were encouraged to actively participate in the exercises by giving instructions to the reactor operator, asking and answering questions, logging data, operating digital acquisition systems, and performing analysis during the exercise. The first remote exercises were organized as a five-day course of experimental reactor physics for students from Uppsala University. The feedback was collected after the course using an anonymous online form and was generally positive but has revealed some problems with sound quality which were resolved later. The Jožef Stefan Institute can also organize a remote course during a full lockdown when the reactor is not able to operate using the in-house developed Research Reactor Simulator based on a point kinetics approximation and a simple thermohydraulic module.
Key words: education / training / quarantine / reactor physics / nuclear reactor
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