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1 Fieldwork Assessment: Maximising the student experience. Virtual fieldwork as a formative assessment tool LJMU: School of Biological and Earth Sciences

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3 Current situation Field work: Geoscience programmes Fundamental to the learning experience Fundamental to the learning experience Geological Society accreditation Geological Society accreditation Key assessment task Key assessment task 'Right-first-time' approach 'Right-first-time' approach

4 External factors influencing development Foot and mouth outbreak: field work cancelled or postponed February - October Foot and mouth outbreak: field work cancelled or postponed February - October Conservation: many fossil localities are SSSIs or National Nature reserves. Conservation: many fossil localities are SSSIs or National Nature reserves.

5 External factors influencing development Special Education Needs and Disability Act: requires that 'reasonable steps' are taken to ensure that students are not at a substantial disadvantage. Special Education Needs and Disability Act: requires that 'reasonable steps' are taken to ensure that students are not at a substantial disadvantage. Resourcing: expensive, unit of resource declining Resourcing: expensive, unit of resource declining

6 Virtual fieldwork: project aims Produce virtual versions of key field sites. Produce virtual versions of key field sites. Simulate field-based assessment tasks field skills practice. Simulate field-based assessment tasks field skills practice. Extend field experience beyond the on-site time. Extend field experience beyond the on-site time.

7 Virtual fieldwork: outcomes Virtual field experience with 24 hr on-line access. Virtual field experience with 24 hr on-line access. Increase support for field-based assessment. Increase support for field-based assessment. Improve student performance in field assessment tasks. Improve student performance in field assessment tasks.

8 Virtual fieldwork: Wrens Nest Dudley Level 3 Module-Palaeo 3: Field report 15% Level 3 Module-Palaeo 3: Field report 15% Field time: 4 hrs max. Field time: 4 hrs max. Follow-up lab session. Data pooled. Follow-up lab session. Data pooled.

9 Virtual fieldwork: procedures/ software Five digital panoramas (one per site) have been taken at Wren's Nest Five digital panoramas (one per site) have been taken at Wren's Nest Processed using VR-worx. Processed using VR-worx.

10 Virtual fieldwork: procedures/ software Hotspots are added to illustrate: Fossils Sedimentary structures

11 The virtual trip Students will be given web links at the start of the module. Provides the opportunity to rehearse actual assessment tasks before the field visit. Provides the opportunity to rehearse actual assessment tasks before the field visit. Allows more effective use of on-site time. Allows more effective use of on-site time.

12 Sedimentary logging

13 Faunal analysis

14 Conclusions This approach is equally applicable to any remote off-site visit with 'right-first-time' assessment. This approach is equally applicable to any remote off-site visit with 'right-first-time' assessment. Familiarity with the assessment task reduces anxiety and improves performance. Familiarity with the assessment task reduces anxiety and improves performance.

15 Future Work Two new sites: North Wales [GEES funded] and Wirral. Two new sites: North Wales [GEES funded] and Wirral. Evaluation of Wrens Nest virtual trip. Evaluation of Wrens Nest virtual trip.


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