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https://doi.org/10.5194/gc-2021-21
https://doi.org/10.5194/gc-2021-21

  21 Jul 2021

21 Jul 2021

Review status: this preprint is currently under review for the journal GC.

Interactive virtual fieldtrip as a tool for remote education

Niki Evelpidou, Anna Karkani, Apostolia Komi, Aikaterini Giannikopoulou, Maria Tzouxanioti, Giannis Saitis, Evangelos Spyrou, and Maria-Anna Gatou Niki Evelpidou et al.
  • Faculty of Geology and Geo-environment, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Panepistimioupoli, 15784, Greece

Abstract. Geoscience courses, such as geology and geomorphology, require not only classroom lessons and laboratory exercises, but field trips as well. However, the COVID-19 restrictions did not allow the prosecution of most planned field trips, and an alternative needed to be developed. The use of virtual field trips is one such alternative. Through them, one can not only visit any area of interest, but prepare themselves for any actual educational or exploratory field trip as well. Even though they do not, and should not, substitute any physical visit of a site of interest, they have many advantages when combined with a "live" field work, in comparison to a field trip for which no preparation has been made.

Through this research, we compare the advantages and disadvantages of both virtual and real educational field trips based on the opinions of our students. We thus performed a virtual navigation on the island of Naxos, Cyclades (Aegean Sea, Greece) for a series of virtual field trips, which took place during webinars in the framework of Erasmus+ CIVIS. The virtual fieldtrip was also presented to the third-year students of the Faculty of Geology & Geo-environment, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, in the framework of the obligatory course of Geomorphology. Upon completion, all participating students were asked to fill in a questionnaire in order to evaluate the contribution of virtual field trips to their education regarding geomorphology and state their opinion as to whether they can supplement and/or substitute actual field trips. Most of them stated that virtual field trips can aid, but not substitute the actual field work. Most students mentioned that they would attend another virtual field trip in the future, both as an alternative to classroom lessons and as a means of preparation for an actual field trip, but not in order not to attend the actual one.

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Exploring the Geoenvironment of Naxos Evelpidou. N., Giannikopoulou A., Komi A., Lykouropoulos M., Tzouxanioti M. https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/beb85e3b9d284d398655866ca033f0e1

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Geoscience courses, such as geology and geomorphology, require not only classroom lessons and laboratory exercises, but field trips as well. Here, we performed a virtual navigation on Naxos Isl., Cyclades (Greece) for a series of virtual field trips, which took place during webinars in the framework of Erasmus+ CIVIS. Taking into consideration the feedback from 100 students we evaluate the effectiveness of virtual fieldtrips as an alternative form of education.
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