Enhancing Fieldwork Learning Showcase Event 2017

8-9th September 2017, University of Chester


You are invited to attend and contribute to the 7th Annual Showcase event run by the Enhancing Fieldwork Learning project in collaboration with the British Ecological Society. Building on the previous Showcases, the event aims to share ideas and practice with regards to innovative field Teaching and Learning, with a particular emphasis on the use of mobile technologies.

The event will be of interest to practitioners from a range of disciplines including Geology, Physical and Human Geography, Environmental and Ecological Sciences, Agriculture, Archaeology and the wider Biosciences. It will be relevant to those early in their teaching career as well as those more experienced academics looking to upskill and innovate their teaching practice in the field.

The event will run from lunchtime on Friday 8th September to lunchtime on Saturday 9th September at the University of Chester. The 24hr interactive experience will include thunderstorm presentations, field practical experiences and will conclude with an optional field trip to the Dee Estuary wetlands.

The provisional programme is shown below:

Enhancing Fieldwork Learning Showcase 2017

Best Building, University of Chester, Parkgate Rd, Chester CH1 4BJ

Friday 8th  September 2017
12.30 – Registration & Lunch
13:15 – Welcome, EFL update and Icebreaker: Derek France – University of Chester
13:45 – Plenary: It’s a big field out there! Reflections on over 40 years of residential field courses –  Mark Langan and Phil Wheater – Manchester Metropolitan University
14.30 – Thunderstorm presentations – Chair: Julian Park – University of Reading

  • The student as researcher in a longitudinal fieldwork-based research Liz Lakin – University of Dundee
  • Citizen science and participatory research methods in fieldwork teaching Alice Mauchline – University of Reading
  • Application of multiple technologies to marine biology fieldwork teaching Penny Neyland, Ed Pope, Richard Unsworth, Ian Horsfall, Nicole Esteban – Swansea University
  • Enhancing marine science learning using local web technologies Amy Collard – Dale Fort Field Centre, FSC Pembrokeshire

15:30 – Coffee
16.00 – Practical Session:

  • Revisiting Open data kit for field teaching Phil Wheeler – The Open University
  • Technological interventions  make fieldwork more efficient, accurate & collaborative Rachel Stubbington – Nottingham Trent University

18.00 – Close
19.00 – Conference Dinner Sponsored by ESRI UK

Saturday 9th  September 2017
9.00 – Debate: How to make time for innovation in Teaching and Learning
9.30 – Practical Session:

  • The pedagogical use of unmanned aerial vehicles in geoscience fieldwork education Anthony Cliffe – Liverpool John Moores University
  • Using the ArcGIS Online Platform Daniel Farnes – Juniper Hall Field Centre, FSC London Region

11.00 – Coffee
11.30 – Thunderstorm presentations – Chair: Brian Whalley, University of Sheffield

  • Mapping diversity in Pembrokeshire- A biological fieldwork application of ArcGIS for Post-16 education Elizabeth Weston – Orielton Field Centre, FSC Pembrokeshire
  • The Virtual Realty Classroom – Inspiring the next generation of ecologists Arron Watson – University of Reading
  • Education in the green space: developing confidence in fieldwork practice Judith Lock and Jake Snaddon – University of Southampton
  • Vacation scholarships in conservation research Richard Bevan – Newcastle University

12.30 – Reflections: Karen Devine – British Ecological Society
13.00 – Lunch & Close
14.00 – Optional fieldtrip to the Dee Estuary

We look forward to seeing you in Chester!

Book your place here.