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1 Derek France 1, Julian Park 2, Brian Whalley 3, Alice Mauchline 2, Victoria Powell 1, Katharine Welsh 1 1 University of Chester, 2 University of Reading, 3 University of Sheffield HEA Event in Technology Enhanced Learning in Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences, Open University, July 2013 Technology Enhanced Learning for Fieldwork

2 Participants given opportunity to download and trial apps to their own device Explain how technology has been utilised to enhance and inspire student research Demonstrate the transferability of technology across disciplines Provide an opportunity for delegates to practice using new apps that can improve their research skills Objectives of Workshop

3 QR Reader Skitch FieldTripGB Apps to download for this session

4 Ice breaker….. Form a line up of all workshop participants … – by date of birth Jan 1st to Dec 31 st You have 2 minutes – Your understanding, experience and application of mobile technologies to enhance student learning You have 2 minutes

5 Project Outline 3-year National Teaching Fellowship project Funded by the Higher Education Academy in the UK Cross-disciplinary: Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geology, Biosciences and allied subjects Aims of the Project to enhance student learning in fieldwork through the use of technology to focus on hardware and software that may enhance learning to gather and share good practice of fieldwork

6 Rationale “only building upon the possibility opened up by digital technology can we ensure that education will triumph ” (Lord Putnam, Handheld Learning Conference, 2008) “mobile technologies have opened up exciting new possibilities for study in higher education” Macdonald & Creanor, 2010, p.1) “the use of digital technologies changes the meaning of the learning activity, subtly or profoundly” Beetham and Sharpe (2007, p.33) “Most undergraduate students coming into Higher Education have a smartphone or mobile device” (Welsh & France, 2012). Recent undergraduate student study (Woodcock et al., 2012) found that many students who own smartphones are “largely unaware of their potential to support learning” but importantly, found that they are, “interested in and open to the potential as they become familiar with the possibilities”.

7 Activity 1 Which of the following mobile devices have you/your Department used during fieldwork? PollEverywhere Poll via text, twitter or link (QR code)

8 Don’t forget: You can copy- paste this slide into other presentations, and move or resize the poll.

9 Using iPads for sketching Activity 2 Open the skitch app….and select either a photo from the camera role or take a new photograph. Using the selected photo, add appropriate labels and annotations of your choice. 5 mins plus verbal feedback

10 1.Lack of time to implement new technology 2.Cost of technology/limited resources 3.Limited staff/student technology skills Results of International Practitioners Survey 2011: 1.Increase speed and volume of data collection 2.To enable students to begin analysis during field trip 3.Improve digital literacy of students Why was this technology introduced? What are the barriers to using technology in fieldwork? Welsh, K. E. et al. (2013): Enhancing fieldwork learning with technology: practitioner's perspectives, Journal of Geography in Higher Education, DOI: /

11 Netbooks "Convenient, small device to travel with" "Easy to tabulate results and present findings" "Able to backup work" Resource gathering for presentations Used for Internet, ARCGIS, spreadsheets, PDFs Disliked software choice - Open Office Disliked sharing the devices

12 LiveScribe Pens Easy dictionary tool "Made synthesising notes easier" "Got key quotes for our presentation by referring back to the pen" An inexpensive tool students may decide to purchase for note-taking in lectures or interviews

13 General iPad2 Use Easier data collection and instant data processing "Collating, analysing and presenting data was more convenient and appealing" "Easier to use than expected" "Really useful for annotating maps and photos" "Over the week I got used to using the iPad at every chance and it enhanced my learning and skills"

14 FieldtripGB EDINA geo-referencing app Create a form online Download app to smartphone/tablet Login to Dropbox Account Start capturing data Sync to multiple devices & computer

15 Activity 3 FieldtripGB – Describe your Skitch 1. Log into FieldtripGB using the Dropbox account: 2. & 3. Use the Capture form provided 4. Sync the account on the Home Page

16 Dropbox, SugarSync GPS Log, GeoSpike, CityMaps2Go, Google Earth, FieldTripGB PollDaddy, iGeology Twitter, Skype Skitch, Splice, Fotobabble, Panoramio, Photosynth, Flickr, Camera Pages, Numbers, Keynote, GoodReader iTalk, iCelcius, Apps

17 Activity 4 How can technology enhance fieldwork? Challenge cards Risks BYOD Suggestions? Success cards Examples Skills development Use of technology

18 Jarvis & Dickie (2010) Video podcasting of field methods Scott et al. (2009) Virtual Field Guide Netskills (2011) Using QR codes to add layers of information to locations Cremona et al. (2011) Using shared spreadsheets on Smartphones & Tablets Welsh et al. (2012) Geotagging photographs France & Wakefield (2011) Digital storytelling Case Studies

19 Action Plan What have I learnt? What I am going to do next? – What will I have changed in 6 months? What 3 things can you feedback to other students about the using mobile technologies in your learning?

20 Ways to Get Involved: 1.Submit a case study of successful fieldwork practice, to the website 2.Residential Showcase Event in FSC RHYD-Y-CREUAU, Betws y coed, North Wales, UK, September THE FUTURE of Enhancing Fieldwork Learning project 2014: key sponsor British Ecological Society 4.Talk to us about organising your own Hack Event to develop fieldwork apps suitable for your department Take a look at our website: or Contact Professor Derek France for more


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