Sense of Place and Virtual Space

Authors: Melinda Shimizu*, SUNY - Cortland
Topics: Education , Geography Education
Keywords: sense of place, virtual reality, remote learning
Session Type: Virtual Lightning Paper
Day: 4/9/2021
Start / End Time: 9:35 AM / 10:50 AM
Room: Virtual 19
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Virtual, online, and hybrid teaching approaches grew in popularity and usage in all stages of education over the past 15 years, but became nearly ubiquitous in 2020 with the emergence of the COVID pandemic. With this rapid transition teachers and students were tasked with studying and learning in new spaces with largely unfamiliar tools. Fortunately, the field of learning space research is growing with a foundational paper by Ellis and Goodyear in 2016 clarifying terms, contributions of related fields, and seven research foci. With this background, this paper aims to investigate sense of place and impact on undergraduate student learning in virtual, online, and hybrid teaching spaces.

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