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‘You want us to teach outdoor education where?’ Reflections on teaching outdoor education online


Smith, HA and Dyment, JE and Hill, A and Downing, J, You want us to teach outdoor education where?' Reflections on teaching outdoor education online, Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 16, (4) pp. 303-317. ISSN 1472-9679 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2016 Institute for Outdoor Learning

DOI: doi:10.1080/14729679.2016.1147966


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)ethonographic 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.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:outdoor education, outdoor learning, sustainability education, online learning
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Physical education and development curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Smith, HA (Dr Heidi Smith)
UTAS Author:Dyment, JE (Associate Professor Janet Dyment)
UTAS Author:Hill, A (Dr Allen Hill)
UTAS Author:Downing, J (Dr Jillian Downing)
ID Code:107107
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2016-03-04
Last Modified:2018-04-06

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