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

Treves, R; Viterbo, P; Haklay, M; (2015) Footprints in the sky: using student track logs from a "bird's eye view" virtual field trip to enhance learning. Journal of Geography in Higher Education , 39 (1) pp. 97-110. 10.1080/03098265.2014.1003798. Green open access

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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 are visualized 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 visualizations is described and the educational use of tracking data in VFTs is critically discussed.

Type: Article
Title: Footprints in the sky: using student track logs from a "bird's eye view" virtual field trip to enhance learning
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/03098265.2014.1003798
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03098265.2014.1003798
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Geography in Higher Education on 6 February 2015, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/03098265.2014.1003798.
Keywords: virtual field trip, learning analytics, geovisualization, Google Earth, tracking
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1482082
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