Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to Field Class: Integrating Digital and Community Mapping in Field-Based Coursework
A 2-year project, due to be completed in 2020, to utilise a field data collection app to incorporate technology, improve spatial awareness and sense of place, and develop community mapping programmes in geology and geography field classes. A collaboration of University of Canterbury and Frontiers Abroad.
The main aims of the project are to:
- develop methodologies that allow the use of interactive technology for data collection, developing sense of place, spatial awareness, and in fostering 'community mapping'
- evaluate the utility of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) community mapping geosciences to instigate long-term, institutional change in technological literacy
- supplement traditional field techniques in the geosciences with new technologies that improve learning outcomes
- provide guidance to tertiary educators to the situations where mobile devices offer significant advantages to traditional maps and notebooks.
The project is using a qualitative methodology involving:
- pre- and post-trip student reflection surveys
- focus groups with lecturers.