Hi Glenn,

We've been working quite a bit on building virtual and augmented reality field trips over the past year in UBC Geography. It's great to hear that others see the same potential as we do! We have a few resources that you might find useful.

Our library of VR/AR-related field trip publications is publically available here: https://www.mendeley.com/groups/7186151/flexible-learning-project-ubc-geography/papers/added/0/tag/fieldtrip/

One of our research assistants summarized these articles in an annotated bibliography: http://open.geog.ubc.ca/annotated-bibliography-1-virtual-field-trips/

I recently wrote a blog post discussing some of the challenges, solutions and student feedback in using VR in our courses: http://open.geog.ubc.ca/virtual-and-augmented-reality-technology-assisted-fieldtrips-student-based-approaches-to-using-new-technologies/

We'll be presenting a talk on best practices of technology-assisted field trips at the Geological Association of Canada meeting, if you are attending: http://gac.esd.mun.ca/gac_2016/search_abs/sub_program.asp?sess=98&form=10&abs_no=251

Lastly, I developed a photosphere-based Natural Hazards field trip based here in Vancouver that you might find interesting: http://blogs.ubc.ca/fieldtrips/

It would be great to connect and discuss any of this further. I think there is real potential to collaborate on sharing our work as OER, but there are significant challenges as well (e.g. effective content creation, storage space). Building a network of Geoscience educators interested in creating VR/AR field trips could help alleviate some of these concerns and result in more opportunities for our students.

Cheers,

Derek.


Derek Turner
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The University of British Columbia

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From: Glenn Dolphin [[log in to unmask]]
Sent: April-29-16 8:49 AM
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Subject: Looking for information about developing and/or incorporating virtual field trips in geoscience classes

Hi all (and I apologize for any double posting for those on both lists I am addressing).

My colleagues and I, here at the university of Calgary, are in the midst of acquiring funding to develop virtual field trips, mainly for our introductory classes. With 400-500 students per class, itís a bit difficult, logistically, to take them out into the field. Anyway, our granting institution wants to see our proposal better grounded in the literature on virtual field trips, so I am asking you, my esteemed colleagues, if you have any resources (published or not) concerning, either the development, the implementation, or the evaluation of virtual field experiences in geoscience or related science classes.

I am happy to make a list of such resources and share them with the community, if that seems worthwhile. Also, these virtual field experiences will be considered Open Educational Resources (OERs). They will be online, and free to anyone who wishes to use them. I will also spread that word when the time comes.

Thank you in advance for your help.

Best regards, Glenn

Glenn Dolphin, PhD
Tamaratt Teaching Professor
University of Calgary
Department of Geoscience
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