Upcoming free workshops on open science and virtual reality field trips

We are offering two free workshops on 2-3 May 2016 in collaboration with UBC’s Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology:


The Pedagogy of Open Science: The ‘Open Turn’ and Research, Teaching, and Learning
The open science movement responds to an urgent need to rethink the production and dissemination of scientific research in contemporary society. Open science emphasizes engaging with open source software, open data, open access publishing, and open notebook methods in order to increase public participation in and the transparency, public understanding, and policy impact of scientific research. While the open science movement has the potential to change ways in which research is undertaken, it also has significant meaning for pedagogic strategies. The movement towards open science impacts not just research, but also teaching and learning strategies in geography and allied disciplines. We will talk about our experience implementing open science in a teaching and learning context. Come to discuss what open pedagogy and open science mean for the future of teaching and learning. Session information and free registration are available here:  http://events.ctlt.ubc.ca/events/the-pedagogy-of-open-science-the-open-turn-and-research-teaching-and-learning/



pexels-photo-24836Enhancing Learning In and Out of the Classroom: Using Virtual Reality in Higher Education

Having students visualize and interact with spaces and places outside of the classroom has always been a central part of education. Traditionally, this has been done using stories, images, videos and field trips. However, these are limited either in how immersive they are, or in the logistical and budgetary constraints of bringing students out of the classroom. An exciting alternative is to leverage recent technological advances in virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) to let students virtual explore different places or experiences. For example, imagine the benefit to bringing architecture students on a virtual tour of Paris, human geography students able to visualize historical change of urban landscapes while standing in them, and physical geography students able to interact with unique, inaccessible landscape features or study locations. This session examines best practices for field trips and how VR and AR technology can be used to enhance field trips and break down accessibility barriers.  Session information and free registration are available here:


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