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.

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