Enhancing Fieldwork Learning Showcase 2018

The 8th Enhancing Fieldwork Learning Showcase was held at the University of Leeds and was hosted by Julie Peacock and Karen Bacon in the School of Geography on the 3/4th September 2018.

The event was sponsored by the Education, Training and Careers Committee of the BES, Water@Leeds and ESRI UK.
The 2018 Showcase event included a series of short presentations, field demonstrations of innovative field teaching, practical demonstrations of landscape visualisations, a horizon scanning exercise and (for the first time!) a live link-up to the field with Trevor Collins on the Access Anglesey Field Trip.
The full programme is shown below and all talks are available on SlideShare. Reflections and photos from the participants on Twitter #efls18.

Decisions, decisions … the importance of choice and ownership and in fieldwork based learning (Graham Scott, University of Hull) Graham Scott gave a fantastic Keynote presentation to start the event which reflected on staff and student perspectives during fieldwork to find ways to increase student engagement, satisfaction and learning. Asking students what they want to learn can help to engage them in their learning on fieldwork while reflecting on drivers for lower motivation and developing a sense of autonomy can help to build confidence.

Invasive species, biosecurity and open learning (Alison Dunn, University of Leeds). Alison Dunn talked about the threat of alien invasive species and how to avoid inadvertently spreading these through fieldwork activities. To raise awareness of these issues, an online course is available (here) that provides fieldworkers with training on biosecurity and how to stop the spread.

Looking for the wood in the trees; a distance learning first fieldwork experience for environmental scientists (Marcus P. S. Badger and Julia Cooke, The Open University). Both online simulations and fieldwork in a student’s local area are two approaches used to embed fieldwork for first year distance learners.

Making ecological fieldwork accessible for the deaf (Dr Joanna Bagniewska, University of Reading). Making ecological fieldwork accessible for deaf students, throws up interesting challenges, opportunities, & rewards, not least in terms of thinking about what you were teaching & how.

Widening access to fieldwork for large numbers of students with interactive live casts (Julia Cooke, Kadmiel Maseyk, Phil Wheeler, Trevor Collins, Sarah Davis, The Open University)

Overcoming plant blindness (Kearti Mondair, Julie Peacock and Karen Bacon, University of Leeds)

StoryMaps (Derek France, University of Chester). Using Story Maps to document sampling locations & details, allowed transparency, multi-media records, new skill development, interesting and dynamic reports and was really enjoyed by students.

Practical Session:

  • Living Lab
  • Urban Ecology Trail
  • Structure from Motion

(run by Thom Cooper, Julie Peacock and Karen Bacon, University of Leeds)

Live link to up the Access Anglesey Geological Field Trip (Trevor Collins, The Open University,  Jacqueline Houghton, Dan Morgan, Ben Craven & Clare Gordon, The University of Leeds, Alison Stokes, University of Plymouth,  Chris Atchison, University of Cincinnati). In a live link from Anglesey, Trevor demonstrated how students with a range of abilities can participate in fieldwork through teaching design and assistive technology.

ESRI: Collector App (Addy Pope, ESRI UK). There are powerful online tools for collecting and working with spatial data including Survey123 and ArcGIS online.

Practitioners’ views on ‘Bring Your Own Device’ to support fieldwork learning (Alice Mauchline, Katherine Clark & Julian Park, University of Reading, Katharine Welsh & Derek France, University of Chester and Brian Whalley, University of Sheffield)

Latest gadget update – mobile technologies for field learning (Brian Whalley , University of Sheffield)

Latest fieldwork guidelines (Karen Devine, British Ecological Society)

Using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for undergraduate ecology fieldwork: student perceptions of their uses and potential (Magda Charalambous and Jason Hodgson, Imperial College London). Using UAV’s in undergrad field teaching has much potential but is not easy because of issues of contrast, scale & student skill, plus hard to test in advance for remote sites. A valuable tool for vulnerable ecosystems & minimise damage though.

Using “pocket-size” 3D printed models and larger, projection augmented relief models (PARM) to support fieldwork investigation of flood risk in Keswick (David Morgan, Field Studies Council and Dr Gary Priestnall, University of Nottingham)

Using digital technology to increase inclusivity in the field (Lesley Batty and Joe Berry, University of Birmingham)

The use of a 3D Virtual Field Guide model generated by an unmanned aerial vehicle for geoscience fieldwork education (Anthony Cliffe, Liverpool John Moores University). Using a drone & Agisoft Tony created a 3D virtual model of a fieldsite for students to view pre-fieldtrip. Annotations (pictures, video, data) added value.

Horizon Scanning: Future technologies for fieldwork and reflections since 2012 (Katharine Welsh, University of Chester)

The next Showcase will be held at the University of Reading in September 2019 – so please keep an eye on the website or follow us @fieldwork_ntf on Twitter for further details.



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