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Enhancing University Curricula via Adventure Learning

0167 ALTC 2009 George Veletsianos, Aaron Doering

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26 August 2009

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  • Comparing experience of e.g. seeing George & dragon with classic classroom experience
  • Strong pressures to produce mediocre products, like VLEs, easy for us, status quo
  • Alternative to focus on the experience
  • Five of us - Doering, Miller, University of Minnesota
  • Exploration team of 4 educators, 2 explorers every year transverse the artic
  • Every year take different artic location, travel the Artic for 3-4 months, post videos, conversations with students
  • Based on problem based curriculum, starts in Jan finishes around May
  • Focuses on a local culture e.g. 2 years ago in russia, curriculum 300 page, based on inquiry-based practices e.g. impact of oil exploitation
  • Means figuring out each week how participants interact, providing info from trail, hosting expert sessions
  • Another way providing opportunities to share items from local environment, schools will post pictures of where they are, reflection, impact of environmental change
  • Trying to make as simple as possible, enable students to feel like they are with the team and what it means to be on the trail
  • Students can send notes to explorers who respond, blogs and videos, but also have dog blog, discovered over 5 years is one of the main attractions of the learning environments is the dogs. Students who know everything about the dogs. Nothing to do with learning objectives other than engagement, took advantage and developed the dog blog
  • How do you use something like this for one class throughout semester or for just one class?
  • in speaker's classroom teaching emerging technologies (very recursive, using emerging technologies to teach emerging technologies)
  • World is Open book, Curt Bonk
  • Had students watch keynote from Curt, came up with two questions sent to him, then filtered and sent to Curt who responded with video with his answers
  • Students get to engage with the expert, move on to sharing and collaboration - twitter, facebook
  • 'Students are interested in the world ... not in your delivery of how the word is' 
  • Two groups 1) Age 5-17, each teacher figures out where his or her students are and integrates in way feel more appropriate. 2) Masters students 
  • First project funded by big agency, but on classroom basis wouldn't need support of more one learning technologist

Juliette Culver
14:53 on 9 September 2009 (Edited 14:55 on 9 September 2009)

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