How Flexible is Flexible Learning?

Flexible learning encompasses a wide variety of teaching philosophies and strategies centred on providing students with more responsibility, opportunity and choice in how, what, where and when they learn (Collis and Moonen, 2011; Arfield et al., 2013). As geographers, we were naturally curious about the where and when aspects of flexible learning, but found that both of these […]

Virtual and Augmented Reality Technology-Assisted Field Trips: Student-Based Approaches to Using New Technologies

Virtual and Augmented Reality Technology-Assisted Field Trips: Student-Based Approaches to Using New Technologies

In many academic fields, particularly geography, the experiential learning opportunities afforded by field trips have long been recognized as an important part of the curriculum (Orion, 1993; Scare, 1997). The hands-on experience students gain applying concepts and building new skills such as teamwork, decision-making and data collection and analysis are nearly impossible to replicate in […]

Student Led Technology Assisted Field Trips: Challenges, prospects, and best practices

  Presentation Given At: American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting 2016   Presenters: Dr. Loch Brown, Dr. Arthur “Gill” Green, Dr. Derek Turner   Date Presented: March 31, 2016   Link: http://meridian.aag.org/callforpapers/program/AbstractDetail.cfm?AbstractID=73008   Abstract: Field trips have long been recognized as an effective way for students from a range of disciplines to gain hands-on experience in […]

The Pedagogy of Open Science: Impacts of the ‘Open Turn’ on Geographic Research, Teaching, and Learning

  Presentation Given At: American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting 2016   Presenters: Dr. Arthur “Gill” Green, Dr. Sally Hermansen, Dr. Loch Brown, Dr. Derek Turner,   Date Presented: March 30, 2016   Link: http://meridian.aag.org/callforpapers/program/AbstractDetail.cfm?AbstractID=74903   Abstract: The open science movement responds to an urgent need to rethink the production and dissemination of scientific research in […]

Where in the World is Geographic Education? An examination of the spaces and places of learning

  Presentation Given At: American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting 2016   Presenters: Dr. Derek Turner, Dr. Arthur “Gill” Green, Dr. Loch Brown   Date Presented: March 30, 2016   Link: http://meridian.aag.org/callforpapers/program/AbstractDetail.cfm?AbstractID=74982   Abstract: This research examines where and how students interact with learning technologies that are proliferating in geographical education. Changes in the way we […]

Student Enrollment Pathways in a Non-Linear University Program

A summary of our current work on how and why students take particular pathways through UBC’s Environment and Sustainability program. We are using network analysis and event sequencing software to look at what the most common pathways are through this program in order to help vertically integrate curriculum and plan course re-designs.

Using backchannel technology to enhance large lectures

  Presentation Given At: 2015 Symposium on Scholarly Teaching & Learning in Post-Secondary Education   Presenters: Dr. Derek Turner, Dr. Arthur “Gill” Green, Dr. Loch Brown   Date Presented: November 13, 2015   Link: http://2015symposiumonscholarlyinquiryi.sched.org/event/31st/research-bites   Abstract: Despite the revolution in teaching practices in higher education over the past few decades, courses with large lectures remain […]

“Flexible” field trips: Exploring best practices in emerging student-led technology-assisted field trips

  Presentation Given At: 2015 Symposium on Scholarly Teaching & Learning in Post-Secondary Education   Presenters: Dr. Loch Brown, Dr. Arthur “Gill” Green, Dr. Derek Turner   Date Presented: November 13, 2015   Link: http://2015symposiumonscholarlyinquiryi.sched.org/event/31st/research-bites   Abstract: Experiential learning gained through field trips has long been recognized as an effective way for students from a […]

Where in the World is Flexible Learning? An examination of the spaces and places of learning

  Presentation Given At: 2015 Symposium on Scholarly Teaching & Learning in Post-Secondary Education   Presenters: Dr. Arthur “Gill” Green, Dr. Derek Turner, Dr. Loch Brown   Date Presented: November 13, 2015   Link: http://2015symposiumonscholarlyinquiryi.sched.org/event/31st/research-bites   Abstract: This research examines where and how learners interact with Flexible Learning (FL) technologies. FL is defined as a learner-centered […]