RE-VISIONING FIELD/LAB COURSES FOR FLEXIBLE (REMOTE/HYBRID) LEARNING, PART 1
In our first discussion, we shared our concerns and challenges for developing and teaching remote versions of field and lab-heavy courses (face-to-face, fully online, and hybrid versions to offer flexible learning options) — e.g., equipment sharing; difficulty replicating the group experience in a fully online format; uncertainty of parameters.
Some strategies, solutions, and tools we discussed on June 9th include:
- Planning for remote labs/field exercises (given the uncertainty around COVID restrictions and students’ ability to be present ‘in class’), and supplementing with face-to-face optional field trips whenever possible.
- For remote field sessions, planning for a synchronous beginning-of-lab introduction and a synchronous end-of-lab wrap-up/de-brief to maintain some of the community around lab activities and to best achieve learning objectives.
- Using a GoPro (or other camera) to record field activities for students who are unable to participate in person.
- Curating existing video content and remote lab exercises to incorporate into our courses, rather than ‘reinventing the wheel’ (if/when possible).
We agreed to focus Part 2 of this discussion (during the week of June 22) on sharing more concrete ideas, tools, and resources, and collaboratively strategizing how to be proactive about this kind of course re-development. We may also discuss video-editing and the utility of ‘homemade’ video content vs. existing produced video content from outside sources.
June 9, 2020 – Recording (also embedded and viewable above)
Part 2, coming soon …