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The Hotspot simulation Lessons learnt over ten years of using technology in environmental science teaching John Maskall, SoGEES, University of Plymouth.

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1 The Hotspot simulation Lessons learnt over ten years of using technology in environmental science teaching John Maskall, SoGEES, University of Plymouth Mike Sanders, GEES Subject Centre

2 Presentation structure What is Hotspot? Program demonstration Intended benefits Potential pitfalls Implementation in the curriculum Student experience Lessons learnt

3 What is Hotspot?

4 Intended benefits Personalised Flexible Interactive Enjoyable Challenging Visual

5 Potential pitfalls Authenticity Security Usability Reliability Sustainability Accessibility

6 Implementation Week Introduction Literature review (scrapyard) Field day (lead mine) Practical session 1 (formative/lead mine) Feedback on literature review Practical session 2 (summative/scrapyard) Prepare SI report Lecture series

7 Student experience

8 Lessons Learnt Success of Hotspot is attributed to: –Program closely aligned to learning objectives –Content informed by staff research interests –Technology used within a sound pedagogical framework –Curricular delivery anticipated at the earliest stages of design –Blended with other teaching approaches to take the best from all worlds –Availability of resources to maintain/adapt software

9 Acknowledgements

10 Any Questions?


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