EXPLORE AND STUDY GRAND CANYON BY IMMERSIVE VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP!
We have produced an iVFT for Grand Canyon that integrates content and narration we obtained during a scientific river expedition through the greater Grand Canyon system, from rim-based observations, and from other interpretive resources such as the Trail of Time and Google Maps. This iVFT is a uniquely rich and flexible pedagogical resource that affords access to a world-renowned geological landscape that encodes Earth-system processes from the Paleoproterozoic to the Holocene. It can be used to teach broadly about geologic time, stratigraphy, tectonics, volcanism, and Earth and life history; and specifically about the geological evolution of the American Cordillera. Learning tasks and goals under development will align with the Earth Science Literacy Principles and Next Generation Science Standards.
We are beta-testing the Grand Canyon iVFT in several large-enrollment introductory geology courses at ASU (both online and F2F) to assess its usability and effectiveness in meeting specific learning objectives. Our team is also using the iVFT in a study of comparative outcomes of virtual and in-person geological field activities on learning and on novelty space. We invite geoscience educators to partake of this resource and find new applications to their own teaching.