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Widening access to fieldwork with interactive livecasts

Cooke, Julia; Wheeler, Philip; Maseyk, Kadmiel and Collins, Trevor (2016). Widening access to fieldwork with interactive livecasts. In: Enhancing Fieldwork Learning Showcase 2016, 12 -13 September 2016, Reading, UK.

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Abstract

Fieldwork is a fundamental part of the curriculum in undergraduate Ecology and Environmental Science, but not all students are able to participate in authentic field exercises. The nature of distance learning students means they are more likely to find fieldwork problematic. We sought to make authentic fieldwork accessible to these students by designing and running an interactive, live field trip for undergraduate Environmental Science students at the Open University. Using the OU’s ‘Stadium Live’ platform we livecast three evening fieldwork sessions examining the ecology of a species rich meadow. Participating students used interactive widgets to make observations, generate hypotheses and design their own field investigation which was carried out and analysed live. This case study shows how new, connected and interactive technology can increase access to fieldwork for all students but particularly those who might otherwise be excluded from it.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Knowledge Media Institute (KMi)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Item ID: 48818
Depositing User: Julia Cooke
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2017 09:30
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2017 09:30
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/48818
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