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https://doi.org/10.5194/gc-2021-28
https://doi.org/10.5194/gc-2021-28

  16 Sep 2021

16 Sep 2021

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

From Virtual Field Trip to Geologically-Reasoned Decisions in Yosemite Valley

Nicolas C. Barth1, Greg M. Stock2, and Kinnari Atit3 Nicolas C. Barth et al.
  • 1Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521
  • 2National Park Service, Yosemite National Park, El Portal, CA 95389
  • 3Graduate School of Education, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521

Abstract. This study highlights a Geology of Yosemite Valley virtual field trip (VFT) and companion exercises produced as a four-part module to substitute for physical field experiences. The VFT is created as an Earth project in Google Earth Web, a versatile format that allows access through a web browser or Google Earth app with the sharing of an internet address. Many dynamic resources can be used for VFT stops through use of the Google Earth Engine (global satellite imagery draped on topography, 360° street-level imagery, user-submitted 360° photospheres). Images, figures, videos, and narration can be embedded into VFT stops. Hyperlinks allow for a wide range of external resources to be incorporated; optional background resources help reduce the knowledge gap between general public and upper-division students, ensuring VFTs can be broadly accessible. Like many in-person field trips, there is a script with learning goals for each stop, but also an opportunity to learn through exploration as the viewer can dynamically change their vantage at each stop (i.e. guided discovery learning). This interactive VFT format scaffolds students’ spatial skills and encourages attention to be focused on a stop’s critical spatial information. The progression from VFT to mapping exercise to geologically-reasoned decision-making results in high quality student work; students find it engaging, enjoyable, and educational.

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We present a Geology of Yosemite Valley virtual field trip (VFT) and companion exercises produced to substitute for physical field experiences. The VFT is created as an Earth project in Google Earth Web, a versatile format that allows access through a web browser. The module's progression from VFT to mapping exercise to geologically-reasoned decision-making results in high quality student work; students find it engaging, enjoyable, and educational.
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