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Enabling remote activity: widening participation in field study courses

Collins, Trevor; Davies, Sarah and Gaved, Mark (2016). Enabling remote activity: widening participation in field study courses. In: Kennepohl, Dietmar ed. Teaching Science Online: Practical Guidance for Effective Instruction and Lab Work. Sterling, VA, USA: Stylus Publishing, pp. 183–195.

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Field courses provide opportunities for students to engage with the world as part of their learning process. This chapter explores the use of a portable WiFi network and mobile technologies to support the inclusion of physically disabled students in field study courses. The Enabling Remote Activity (ERA) approach, which has been developed through multiple field courses at The Open University (UK), is introduced and a case study involving two field courses from a second-level undergraduate environmental science module is presented. The findings are discussed with regard to inclusive education and a set of recommendations for facilitating social inclusion are concluded.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: Stylus Publishing LLC
ISBN: 1-62036-188-4, 978-1-62036-188-7
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Enabing Remote Activity ProjectNot SetThe Open University (OU)
Portable VoWLAN projectNot SetJISC
Portable WLAN projectNot SetJANET
Keywords: accessibility; accessible fieldwork; biosciences; enabling remote activity; enquiry learning; environmental science; field study courses; fieldwork learning; geosciences; group work; live video streaming; mobile learning; outdoor learning; portable communication toolkit; remote access; social inclusion; VoIP telephony; widening participation; WiFi; wireless local area networks
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Knowledge Media Institute (KMi)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
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Item ID: 42474
Depositing User: Trevor Collins
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2015 09:21
Last Modified: 28 May 2019 09:08
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