The OU centre for STEM pedagogy
In this project1, we had the following research objectives towards investigating the pedagogical advantages of virtual field trips and the challenges for their adoption:
We have primarily focussed on Geography, Geology, Environmental Sciences and Biology - disciplines that have a long tradition of physical fieldwork and first-hand experience of phenomena out-of-doors.
Towards the research objectives, we investigated the following:
The empirical investigations have been user-centred3– focusing on the stakeholders and particularly, the end-users such as educators, students and fieldwork specialists, and we have interacted with them via interviews, workshops, demonstrations and a survey to elicit their perceptions and requirements.
1Project outline and video on Daden’s website: https://www.daden.co.uk/case-studies [accessed 14 October 2019]
2Shailey Minocha and Tom Argles - Evaluation of The OpenScience Lab’s 3D Virtual Skiddaw application, video resource, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIosxNYrLis [accessed 14 October 2019]
3Stone, D., Jarrett, C., Woodroffe, M. and Minocha, S. (2005) User Interface Design and Evaluation, Morgan Kaufmann.