Technology Enhanced Learning in Fieldwork<br />Dr Katharine Welsh & Professor Derek FranceDepartment of Geography and Deve...
Objectives of Workshop<br /><ul><li>An appreciation of how technology can enhance teaching practice
 To reflect on the challenges and benefits of using technology in teaching (with a focus on fieldwork)
To demonstrate potential transferability of technology into practitioners own teaching
An evidence-base for colleagues on how to use appropriate learning and teaching strategies to integrate technology in the ...
Project Outline<br /><ul><li>3-year National Teaching Fellowship project
 Funded by the Higher Education Academy in the UK
Cross-disciplinary: Geography, Earth sciences, Geology, Biosciences and aligned subjects</li></ul>Aims of the Project<br /...
to focus on hardware and software that may enhance learning
to gather and share good practice of using technology in fieldwork</li></li></ul><li>Rationale<br />“only building upon th...
Importance of Fieldwork Learning<br /><ul><li>Fieldwork is expensive in terms of money and time
Students must make good use of the time in the field
Fieldwork is not accessible for all students, however, by using technology students can remotely access field sites if nec...
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  • READ PUTNAM QUOTE - Case for using technology across all stages of education and academia in all subjects.Prensky advocates “digital wisdom and digital enhancement” – with the idea that we can make gains by using technology more effectively. Read HEFCE - Using technology for technologies sake sometimes improves digital skills of students, but does not have any bearing on learning outcomes. It is important to ensure pedagogy is the driver for using the technology. The literature makes a case for using technology effectively, but we wanted to know if this is being put into practice and wanted to know if our survey results reflected the ideas in the literature. Our focus is specifically using technology in fieldwork rather than just classroom education.
  • Ask staff to text in their answers. Explain how this technology could be used in general teaching to get students to give answers anonymously (if they are embarrassed to speak up).
  • Barriers are similar to those found by Fletcher et al. 2007, no progress has been made in changing view points on COST, RELUCTANT COLLEAGUES, LACK OF SKILLS
  • Chester staff conference 2011

    1. 1. Technology Enhanced Learning in Fieldwork<br />Dr Katharine Welsh & Professor Derek FranceDepartment of Geography and Development Studies<br />With: <br />Prof. Julian Park (University of Reading) Prof. Brian Whalley (University of Sheffield)<br />http://www.enhancingfieldwork.org.uk<br />Twitter: @fieldwork_ntf<br />
    2. 2. Objectives of Workshop<br /><ul><li>An appreciation of how technology can enhance teaching practice
    3. 3. To reflect on the challenges and benefits of using technology in teaching (with a focus on fieldwork)
    4. 4. To demonstrate potential transferability of technology into practitioners own teaching
    5. 5. An evidence-base for colleagues on how to use appropriate learning and teaching strategies to integrate technology in the curricula.</li></li></ul><li>Ice breaker…..<br />Form a line up for all workshop participants …<br />by date of birth Jan1st to Dec 31stYou have 2 minutes<br />Your understanding, experience and application of technology enhanced learning.You have 2 minutes<br />
    6. 6. Project Outline<br /><ul><li>3-year National Teaching Fellowship project
    7. 7. Funded by the Higher Education Academy in the UK
    8. 8. Cross-disciplinary: Geography, Earth sciences, Geology, Biosciences and aligned subjects</li></ul>Aims of the Project<br /><ul><li>to enhance student learning in fieldwork through the use of technology
    9. 9. to focus on hardware and software that may enhance learning
    10. 10. to gather and share good practice of using technology in fieldwork</li></li></ul><li>Rationale<br />“only building upon the possibility opened up by digital technology can we ensure that education will triumph ” (Lord Putnam, Handheld Learning Conference, 2008)<br />“digital wisdom and digital enhancement” (Prensky, 2009) <br />HEFCE, UK (2009, p.6) states that, ‘focus should be on student learning rather than on developments in technology per se, enabling students to learn through, and be supported by technology’<br />On using technology in field courses, practitioners have reported “greater enthusiasm, greater engagement, deeper preliminary learning and time saving benefits for students” (Fletcher et al. 2007)<br />
    11. 11. Importance of Fieldwork Learning<br /><ul><li>Fieldwork is expensive in terms of money and time
    12. 12. Students must make good use of the time in the field
    13. 13. Fieldwork is not accessible for all students, however, by using technology students can remotely access field sites if necessary.
    14. 14. Technology can speed up data collection and allow students to begin analysis during the field trip rather than back at the University – increases student engagement & enthusiasm levels</li></li></ul><li>Activity 1<br />What barriers prevent you from using technology in your teaching?Discuss in pairs, 2 minutes<br />http://www.enhancingfieldwork.org.uk<br />Twitter: @fieldwork_ntf<br />
    15. 15. Results of International Practitioners Survey 2011:<br />What are the barriers to using technology in fieldwork? <br />Lack of time to implement new technology<br />Cost of technology/limited resources<br />Limited staff/student technology skills <br />Why was this technology introduced?<br />Increase speed and volume of data collection<br />To enable students to begin analysis during field trip<br />Improve digital literacy of students<br />
    16. 16. Case Studies<br />France et al. (2011)Digital storytelling<br />Netskills (2001)Using QR codes to add layers of information to locations<br />Scott et al. (2009)Virtual Field Guide<br />Jarvis & Dickie (2010)Video podcasting of field methods<br />Cremona et al. (2011)Using shared spreadsheets<br />on Smartphones & Tablets<br />Welsh et al. (2011)Geotagging photographs<br />
    17. 17. Using iPads to conduct surveys<br /><ul><li>Increased usage of mobile and portable devices
    18. 18. Tablets are increasing in popularity
    19. 19. 3G and Wi-fi issues
    20. 20. Polldaddy.com </li></ul>Activity 2<br /><ul><li>Using the iPad, complete and submit the short survey
    21. 21. Pass the iPad around the group, Time – 5 minutes</li></li></ul><li>http://www.enhancingfieldwork.org.uk<br />Twitter: @fieldwork_ntf<br />
    22. 22. Activity 3<br />In groups discuss the benefits and challenges of the practicalities of using iPads in teaching sessions, Time – 5 minutes<br />
    23. 23. Action Plan<br />What have I learnt?<br />What I am going to do next? <br />Where will I be in 3 months<br />Fill out the postcard<br />What 3 things can you feedback to colleagues?<br />

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