Transformative pedagogies: VR and AR for online, blended and experiential learning post-Covid

Type: Virtual Paper
Theme: Geographies of Access: Inclusion and Pathways
Sponsor Groups: Digital Geographies Specialty Group, Geography Education Specialty Group, Spatial Analysis and Modeling Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/10/2021
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:15 AM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 46
Organizers: Siobhán Mcphee, Nina Hewitt
Chairs: Siobhán Mcphee

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In the current rapid transformation of education to remote, online forms, it is essential to recognize the dialectic relationship between theory and application in teaching and learning (Pacione 1999, 2004). A well-informed and rigorous pedagogy must represent this dialectical relationship (Pacione 1999). How can the relationship between the theoretical and the applied be challenged within the ‘spaces’ of the university class room? Can this happen in the increasingly online, blended approaches instructors are currently adopting, post COVID19? This session will focus on a critical examination of approaches to delivering applied experiences for students. Many of these applied experiences have now shifted to the virtual space, with tools such as ArcGIS Storymap and Google Earth Creation Tool offering the ability for geography to move field experiences online. Papers will explore how emerging media and online environments (specifically virtual spaces) may challenge traditional ‘spaces’ of learning and contribute to more applied, active learning and allow students to make critical connections between theory and application.

The intention is to submit a special issue of either The Professional Geographer or Applied Geography, and therefore participants in the session will be asked to present a paper that is based on an article they are writing.

Keywords: transformative education; applied geography; blended pedagogy; AR; VR

Healey, M. and Jenkins, A., 2000. Kolb's experiential learning theory and its application in geography in higher education. Journal of geography, 99(5), pp.185-195.
Morley, D., 2006. Media, modernity and technology: The geography of the new. Routledge.
Pacione, M. ed., 1999. Applied geography: principles and practice: an introduction to useful research in physical, environmental and human geography. Psychology Press.
Pacione, M., 2004. The principles and practice of applied geography. In Applied Geography (pp. 23-45). Springer, Dordrecht.


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In the current rapid transformation of education to remote, online forms, it is essential to recognize the dialectic relationship between theory and application in teaching and learning (Pacione 1999, 2004). A well-informed and rigorous pedagogy must represent this dialectical relationship (Pacione 1999). How can the relationship between the theoretical and the applied be challenged within the ‘spaces’ of the university class room? Can this happen in the increasingly online, blended approaches instructors are currently adopting, post COVID19? This session will focus on a critical examination of approaches to delivering applied experiences for students. Many of these applied experiences have now shifted to the virtual space, with tools such as ArcGIS Storymap and Google Earth Creation Tool offering the ability for geography to move field experiences online. Papers will explore how emerging media and online environments (specifically virtual spaces) may challenge traditional ‘spaces’ of learning and contribute to more applied, active learning and allow students to make critical connections between theory and application.

The intention is to submit a special issue of either The Professional Geographer or Applied Geography, and therefore participants in the session will be asked to present a paper that is based on an article they are writing.

Keywords: transformative education; applied geography; blended pedagogy; AR; VR

Healey, M. and Jenkins, A., 2000. Kolb's experiential learning theory and its application in geography in higher education. Journal of geography, 99(5), pp.185-195.
Morley, D., 2006. Media, modernity and technology: The geography of the new. Routledge.
Pacione, M. ed., 1999. Applied geography: principles and practice: an introduction to useful research in physical, environmental and human geography. Psychology Press.
Pacione, M., 2004. The principles and practice of applied geography. In Applied Geography (pp. 23-45). Springer, Dordrecht.


Agenda

Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Micheal Jerowsky*, University of British Columbia, A connectivist approach to understanding digital inequity in virtual and augmented environmental education 15 8:00 AM
Presenter Jessica Barnes*, Northern Arizona University, Amar Sawhney, Miami-Dade College, Digital explorations of inequality and development for marginalized communities in India and the United States: Creating interactive virtual field trips in geography and urban planning classes 15 8:15 AM
Presenter Nina Hewitt*, University of British Columbia, Conventional, Augmented and Virtual Reality Field Education in the Biogeosciences: Comparing Student Perceptions and Performance 15 8:30 AM
Presenter Loch Brown*, University of British Columbia, The Social Construction of Virtual Reality: Reflections on space, place, and the making of virtual realities 15 8:45 AM
Presenter Wendy Dorman*, University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign, Kira M Dolley, Columbus Gifted Academy, Middle school students as cartographers analyzing redlining: An exercise in co-design 15 9:00 AM

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