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Footprints in the sky: using student track logs from a “bird’s eye view” virtual field trip to enhance learning

Footprints in the sky: using student track logs from a “bird’s eye view” virtual field trip to enhance learning
Footprints in the sky: using student track logs from a “bird’s eye view” virtual field trip to enhance learning
Research into Virtual Field Trips (VFTs) started in the 1990s but, only recently, the maturing technology of devices and networks has made them viable options for educational settings. By considering an experiment, the learning benefits of logging the movement of students within a VFT are shown. The data is visualised by two techniques: “Animated Path Maps” are dynamic animations of students’ movement in a VFT; “Paint Spray Maps” show where students concentrated their visual attention and are static. A technique for producing these visualisations is described and the educational use of tracking data in VFTs is critically discussed.
virtual field trip, learning analytics, geovisualisation, Google Earth, tracking
1466-1845
Treves, Richard
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Viterbo, Paolo
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Haklay, Mordechai
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Treves, Richard
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Viterbo, Paolo
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Haklay, Mordechai
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Treves, Richard, Viterbo, Paolo and Haklay, Mordechai (2015) Footprints in the sky: using student track logs from a “bird’s eye view” virtual field trip to enhance learning. Journal Geography in Higher Education.

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Abstract

Research into Virtual Field Trips (VFTs) started in the 1990s but, only recently, the maturing technology of devices and networks has made them viable options for educational settings. By considering an experiment, the learning benefits of logging the movement of students within a VFT are shown. The data is visualised by two techniques: “Animated Path Maps” are dynamic animations of students’ movement in a VFT; “Paint Spray Maps” show where students concentrated their visual attention and are static. A technique for producing these visualisations is described and the educational use of tracking data in VFTs is critically discussed.

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Accepted/In Press date: 2015
Keywords: virtual field trip, learning analytics, geovisualisation, Google Earth, tracking
Organisations: Geography & Environment

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Local EPrints ID: 359830
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/359830
ISSN: 1466-1845
PURE UUID: bb3a6eff-e0f7-451b-9067-4af76de635f4

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Date deposited: 14 Nov 2013 13:51
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 03:17

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Author: Richard Treves
Author: Paolo Viterbo
Author: Mordechai Haklay

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