DEVELOPING, IMPLEMENTING, AND ASSESSING A VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP ON MODERN COASTAL DEPOSITION ENVIRONMENTS
Coastal Florida offers a unique setting for learning about a variety of modern depositional environments. The virtual field trip is based on a 4-day actual field trip for GLY4554 offered at USF. The filming, editing, and production of the virtual field trip have been completed. The beta version of the virtual field trip has been implemented in the spring 2012 offering of the GLY4554. The virtual field trip attempts to capture the essence of the actual field trip with similar learning goals, exercises, and assignments, and its effects are being compared with those of the actual field trip. The evaluation of project activities and assessment of educational impact is being conducted in cooperation with USF Coalition for Science Literacy. The educational effectiveness of the virtual field trip is being evaluated based on the following data that are being collected, including: assessments of student learning through pre- and post-tests and student perception survey through an efficacy test. The full presentation will illustrate the key aspects of the virtual field trip and the initial findings on the assessments of student learning.