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‘I did think it was a bit strange taking outdoor education online’: exploration of initial teacher education students’ online learning experiences in a tertiary outdoor education unit

Dyment, JE ORCID: 0000-0002-7960-5971, Downing, JJ ORCID: 0000-0003-3600-0400, Hill, AM ORCID: 0000-0003-3687-1249 and Smith, H ORCID: 0000-0003-1253-8601 2018 , '‘I did think it was a bit strange taking outdoor education online’: exploration of initial teacher education students’ online learning experiences in a tertiary outdoor education unit' , Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, vol. 18, no. 1 , pp. 70-85 , doi: 10.1080/14729679.2017.1341327.

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Abstract

With a view to attracting more students and offering flexible learning opportunities, online teaching and learning is becoming increasingly wide-spread across the higher education sector. This research reports on the experiences of eight initial teacher education students who studied an outdoor education unit in the online space. Using a descriptive qualitative case study approach, the students were interviewed with a view to exploring their experiences of studying outdoor education in the online space. Students spoke about the ways in which the online teaching space, the role of the field experience and the assessment tasks contributed to, or detracted from, their learning experiences. Our study revealed that with careful design and delivery, the online space was an effective way to deliver a foundational outdoor education unit. This article concludes with a discussion of how these findings sit alongside recent papers that advance our understandings of teaching and learning in outdoor education.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Dyment, JE and Downing, JJ and Hill, AM and Smith, H
Keywords: outdoor education, outdoor learning, sustainability education, online learning
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1472-9679
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/14729679.2017.1341327
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Copyright 2017 Institute for Outdoor Learning

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