Project Details

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.

Aims: 

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.

Methodology: 

The project is using a qualitative methodology involving:

  • pre- and post-trip student reflection surveys
  • focus groups with lecturers.

Team

UC

Dr Timothy Stahl

Project Leader

University of Canterbury
UC

Dr Erik Brogt

University of Canterbury
frontiers abroad

Sam Hampton

Frontiers Abroad
UC

Dr Ben Kennedy

University of Canterbury
UC

Kate Pedley

University of Canterbury
UC

Heather Purdie

University of Canterbury
UC

John Thyne

University of Canterbury

Status

In progress

Funding

$27,463.00 (excl GST)

$9,631.00 Regional Hub Project Fund
$17,832.00 University of Canterbury and Frontiers Abroad

Key Findings

Key Recommendations