Using Mobile Technologies to Enhance Accessibility and Inclusion in Field-Based Learning

Whitmeyer, Steven J.; Atchison, Christopher and Collins, Trevor D. (2020). Using Mobile Technologies to Enhance Accessibility and Inclusion in Field-Based Learning. GSA Today, 30

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1130/GSATG462A.1

Abstract

The relevance of field education in the geosciences has been subject to increasing scrutiny, in part due to the exclusionary nature of traditional field practices that require independent work and physical agility. As an alternative, this article presents strategies for increasing accessibility and inclusion in collaborative field-based education through the use of mobile technologies. We present a series of examples to show how the use of mobile technologies in the field can enable collaborative observation, data collection, data sharing, and interpretation. The strategies developed in these examples provide equitable access to instruction, peer engagement, and participation in every field exercise. We suggest that technological approaches to accessibility and inclusion in the field can facilitate opportunities for all students to gain field experiences that are an important component of geoscience education.

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