BRINGING THE FIELD TO THE STUDENTS: DEVELOPMENT OF A VIRTUAL COASTAL FIELD TRIP FOR INTRODUCTORY PHYSICAL GEOLOGY
Coastal Florida offers an ideal setting for learning about a variety of modern sedimentary environments. The environments visited on the field trip include barrier islands and estuaries on both the Florida Gulf and Atlantic Coasts, and modern and ancient carbonates in the Florida Keys. Additionally, field data collecting techniques are documented. The filming, editing, production and initial implementation of the virtual field trip have been completed. Interactive activities with questions that can be scored are included at the end of each segment. Assessment of student learning is ongoing. Student achievement has been measured by differences in pre-test and post-test scored questions on the field trip. Additional data gathered includes student self-efficacy surveys and student satisfaction surveys. These data are being analyzed using typical statistical measurements. Evaluation of the virtual field trip is being conducted by the Coalition for Science Literacy at the University of South Florida.
The virtual field trip may be used in online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses. Possibilities for its use include lab or homework assignments outside the classroom or in-class use if students have computer access. Once tested and refined, it is anticipated that the virtual field trip will be disseminated through a web portal.