Event reports can give those who didn’t attend an event the opportunity to find out about practice discussed. This page brings together reports from past EFL events.
Enhancing Fieldwork Learning Showcase Event, 2017, 8-9th September 2017
Enhancing Fieldwork Learning Showcase Event 2016, 12-13th September 2016, Whiteknights campus, The University of Reading
The 6th Annual Enhancing Fieldwork Learning Showcase was attended by 29 academics, students and learning technologists and, building on the previous Showcases, the event aimed to share ideas and practice with regards to innovative field and laboratory Teaching and Learning, with a particular emphasis on the use of technology in the field. The programme consisted of a mixture of plenary talks, short research talks, interactive field demonstrations, workshops and open discussion sessions. The overall theme was Imagery in the Field and delegates offered talks of relevance to this theme.
Images from the Showcase taken using microscopes attached to iPads in the field can be viewed here: http://www.instagram.com/fieldwork_ntf. A summary of the meeting can be found on Twitter #imageEFL16 Tweets.
Supported by the British Ecological Society, the Society for Experimental Biology and the Isis Education Centre at Hyde Park the 2015 showcase met in the centre of Hype Park, London, to discuss field teaching across the biosciences and geosciences. Delegates considered the uses of social media for fieldwork and how podcasts and student made videos could encourage critical thinking and student engagement. Accessible fieldtrips were also considered and how 3D avatar-based virtual field trips could complement a field trip.
More about the 2015 showcase through storify.
The 2014 showcase covered a wide range of technologies in fieldwork. Delegates had the opportunity to consider how social media could be used in field courses and also produce short instructional videos about fieldwork. A number of apps for use in fieldwork learning were demonstrated, including the EpiCollect and Numbers apps which can be used for data collection. Delegates also had the opportunity to discuss how apps and iPads could be built into fieldwork project design.
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The event showcased a number of simple technologies which can enhance fieldwork learning e.g. how to shoot and edit videos using only a smartphone, applications of iPads in fieldwork. . The event was hands-on, active and largely outdoors with short thunderstorm presentations to introduce the relevant sessions.
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The 2013 showcase highlighted a range of technologies which could be used in fieldwork, such as digital ID guides, Fotobabble, GPS Log, real time data and a clinometer on the iPad. Delegates were introduced to digital storytelling and an Apple app called Splice which can be used to produce short videos. Various practices used in a variety of field courses were demonstrated, including digital hypsometers for measuring tree height, Virtual Field Guides and digital field notebooks including using the apps Skitch and Notability, both available on the iPad.
Photographs from the event can be found on flickr:
Transforming Departmental Fieldwork Practice Workshop, 10th – 11th July 2012, Hornton Grange Conference Centre, Birmingham
This workshop was sponsored by The Higher Education Academy and co-ordinated the Enhancing Fieldwork Learning team.
The Enhancing Fieldwork Learning project aims to enhance student learning experiences in fieldwork through the use of technology such as Smartphones, digital cameras and social media. The aim of the Transforming Departmental Fieldwork Practice Workshop was to develop, support and facilitate change in departmental fieldwork practice through a workshop. Teams from the University of Southampton, University of West of England, Bournemouth University and the Field Studies Council came together to work on their individual project ideas and to gather feedback from other teams.
The event had 3 specific objectives which where to:
- Develop departmental projects
- Explore ways of enhancing fieldwork
- Share ideas and learning from each otherThe event included a range of discussions including reflections of fieldwork practice, creative thinking about projects, technology enhanced fieldwork, and the liquid café approach. The workshop also involved team work and the sharing of ideas, as well as presentations throughout the event.
The first showcase event aimed to create a programme which captured how technologies were being used in Geography, Earth science, Environmental science and Bioscience by inviting practitioners both inside and outside of academia to submit abstracts. A range of technologies were discussed and demonstrated including Gigapan, QR Codes, digital storytelling, podcasting, Google Docs, FieldMove software, local wireless networks, not withstanding a large range of apps suitable for using the iPad2 on field courses.