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A review of the benefits and drawbacks to virtual field guides in today’s Geoscience higher education environment

Cliffe, AD (2017) A review of the benefits and drawbacks to virtual field guides in today’s Geoscience higher education environment. International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education, 14 (28). ISSN 2365-9440

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Abstract

Virtual Field Guides are a way for educators to tackle the growing issue of funding pressures in areas of higher education, such as geography. Virtual Field Guides are however underutilised and can offer students a different way of learning. Virtual Field Guides have many benefits to students, such as being more inclusive, building student skills and confidence in a controlled environment pre fieldtrip and can increase engagement in the topic studied. There are also benefits to the educator, such as reduced cost, more efficient students on fieldwork tasks and the ability to tailor and update their field guides to suit their needs. However there are drawbacks in the challenge of creation and their outcome as educational standalone tools. This paper reviews the literature around the benefits and draw backs to the creation and incorporation of virtual field guides in geoscience education. © 2017, The Author(s).

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: School of Education
Publisher: Springer Open
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2017 11:18
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2017 11:18
DOI or Identification number: 10.1186/s41239-017-0066-x
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7408

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