Jacobson, A, Militelloc, R. and Baveye, P. (2009) ‘Development of computer-assisted virtual field trips to support multidisciplinary learning’ Computers and Education, Vol. 52, No. 3, pp. 571-580
From the Abstract
Multidisciplinary courses are being developed at a number of US colleges and universities to highlight the connections between the rise or fall of world civilizations and the sustainable or unsustainable uses of soil and water resources. The content presented in these courses is complex because it includes concepts from disciplines as varied as geology, soil science, politics, economics, history, and anthropology. ….We considered that a series of virtual field trips (VFTs) to sites around the world would allow us to present students with complicated real-world situations, with which to practice critical analysis skills. ….. This article describes the process of assembling a VFT, and analyzes the technological and didactic choices the process requires. …. Preliminary results with the pilot VFT are encouraging.
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