ERIC Number: EJ1116982
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
"You Want Us to Teach Outdoor Education Where?" Reflections on Teaching Outdoor Education Online
Smith, H. A.; Dyment, J. E.; Hill, A.; Downing, J.
Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, v16 n4 p303-317 2016
This article reports on the experiences of two lecturers working at the University of Tasmania required to teach outdoor and sustainability education (O&SE) courses online. Using an (auto)ethnographic case-study approach, the lecturers were interviewed with a view to exploring their perceptions, challenges, ethical dilemmas, tensions, opportunities and experiences in this space. A number of themes emerged, including commitment to quality teaching and learning, the role of experience, and experiential learning, in the online space, the challenge of fostering a connection to place, difficulties faced when trying to develop a learning community, and the role of professional learning and support in terms of pedagogy and technology in the online space. These themes, and their implications for teaching and learning in higher education both generally, and specifically in O&SE, are discussed in light of what is a mounting body of literature exploring the move to online delivery in higher education.
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Online Courses, Sustainability, Case Studies, Interviews, Ethics, Barriers, Teaching Experience, Experiential Learning, Educational Quality, Individualized Instruction, Intellectual Development, Communities of Practice, Educational Opportunities, College Faculty, Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries, Ethnography, Qualitative Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia