Enhancing Fieldwork Learning
A 3-year Higher Education Academy NTFS Projec5
Showcase Event 13th–15th September 2013 – Call for papers
'Enhancing Fieldwork Learning' is a cross-disciplinary Higher Education Academy funded project which aims to promote ways to enhance student learning during fieldwork through the use of technology.
"Pedagogy rather than technology drives our objectives."
We engage primarily with Geography, Earth, Environmental and Biosciences but are keen to engage with any aligned disciplines whether in the UK or overseas. Our focus is on using affordable, ubiquitous technologies such as iPads, digital cameras and social networks to address a series of problems that may arise during fieldwork such as lack of student engagement or logistical issues such as limited connectivity.
18.03.13 - EFL co-hosted two workshops with the BES Education Committee at the Annual BES conference, Birmingham
15.03.13 - EFL took part in a live chat hosted by the Guardian Higher Education Network
12.03.13 - EFL presented a workshop on 'Enhancing fieldwork learning with technologies' at a HEA event on "Social media in Science and Technology", The Royal Society of Chemistry, London
11.03.13 - Fiona Grimer has joined the project team as our student research assistant, replacing Benjamin Egan and Alex Lerczak, and will be leading our website development
22.02.13 -01.03.13 - 70 students and 7 staff embark on technology enhanced learning in Devon, using geotagging, twitter and presentation apps on iPads and smartphones
18.02.13 - 20.02.13 - Level 4 students in Machynlleth tested the Decibel 10th and GeoSpike apps during fieldwork
08.02.13 - EFL presented a keynote talk at the MELSIG Smart Devices for Learning event Click Here
07.02.13 - Vicky Powell has joined the team as the project postdoctoral research assistant whilst Katharine Welsh is on maternity leave. Congratulations to Katharine and Phil
02.02.13 - Staff from the University of Southampton used innovative ideas from the EFL Showcases to design a Species Hack Day
24.12.12 - Field trip charges fall away under higher tuition fees Click Here
6.12.12 - Academic fieldwork: six ways to make it work on a budget Click Here
20.10.12 - 28.10.12 - Level 6 Natural Hazard students in Naples used iPads during fieldwork
11.10.12 - 16.10.12 - MSc students in Spain utilised iPads during their sustainability fieldwork
28.09.12 - The Future of Higher Education Fieldwork in GEES briefing report 2012 (Katharine Welsh and Derek France) is now available online Click Here
24.09.12 - Read all about our successful 2nd Showcase Event Click Here
01.05.12 – We have two new publications about smartphones and geotagging photographs. Download the papers from our dissemination page Click Here
27.04.12 - Project team members will be trialling iPads with students in New York next week.
11.04.12 - Transforming Fieldwork Practice application form now available. Click Here
10.04.12 – The project team met with the advisory board at FSC Preston Montford to discuss future ideas for the project. Thanks to everyone who attended.
11.01.12 – The EFL team will be undertaking research into technology enhanced student fieldwork to various locations in 2012 including Devon, Shrewsbury, New York and Spain.
07.12.11 - Alex Lerczak and Benjamin Egan have joined the team as student research assistants to aid with case studies and website development.
05.12.11 – The team trialled the iPad2s for the first time with a group of 25 2nd year Hazards students on a fieldtrip to Shrewsbury. Lots of positive comments from the students about using the iPads.