OER1145 Oral Presentation pptx

Wednesday 11 May 15.45 Breakout Room 4/4a

Bringing together open resources for fieldwork education

Pauline Kneale, Alison Stokes, Yolande Knight & Mike Sander, The GEES Subject Centre, University of Plymouth

Conference Theme: Collaboration and communities

Abstract: This session will explore the Open Fieldwork (OF) Project. This project is funded under Grant 06/10: Higher Education Academy / JISC open educational resources programme phase 2, strand C(i) – "collections of OER based around a thematic area".
Fieldwork is central to the culture, practices and pedagogy of the GEES disciplines, where it has a key role in learning through compulsory and optional modules 1, 2, 3. It is also essential to many other disciplines, including biosciences, built environment, religious studies and the social sciences, such as anthropology. It can be defined, in the context of student learning, as "any arena or zone within a subject where supervised learning can take place via first-hand experience, outside the constraints of the four-walls classroom setting3." It provides staff and students with hands-on, experiential learning at national and international locations. 
In the GEES disciplines there is a well established community of practice for fieldwork education. The community and its materials offer an excellent foundation for the Open Fieldwork Project which is establishing a collection of open fieldwork education resources and providing sustainable practices for continued activity in the future. We will discuss the issues with the identification, discovery and selection of open resources for fieldwork support. This is crucial to help inform future engagement with the wider community in sharing and reuse of resources for HE fieldwork education.

Keywords: oer; fieldwork; thematic; collections; geography, earth and environmental sciences; ukoer; ofoer


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  2. Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education,   2000  Subject Benchmarking Statement for Earth Science, Environmental Science and Environmental Studies. Gloucester. http://www.qaa.ac.uk/benchmark/earth.pdf
  3. Lonergan N. and Andresen L.W. 1988 Field-based education: some theoretical considerations. Higher Education Research and Development, 7, 63-77