Digital (Urban) Geography: Student-led research methodology training using smartphone apps

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dc.contributor.author Holloway, Paul
dc.contributor.author O'Connor, Raymond
dc.contributor.author Linehan, Denis
dc.contributor.author Kenna, Therese
dc.contributor.editor Supple, Briony en
dc.contributor.editor Delahunty, Tom en
dc.date.accessioned 2020-11-05T09:47:05Z
dc.date.available 2020-11-05T09:47:05Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.citation Holloway, P., O'Connor, R., Linehan, D. and Kenna, T. (2019) 'Digital (Urban) Geography: Student-led research methodology training using smartphone apps', Learning Connections 2019: Spaces, People, Practice, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland, 5-6 December, pp. 155-160. doi: 10.33178/LC.2019.30 en
dc.identifier.startpage 155
dc.identifier.endpage 160
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/10705
dc.identifier.doi 10.33178/LC.2019.30
dc.description.abstract In the last decade, opportunities have emerged to deploy new digital technologies to research agendas and research-led teaching at third level. For instance, research methods such as surveys and questionnaires are shifting into the digital environment, while at the same time there is increasing evidence to support the view that people who have grown up with technology have acquired distinctive new ways of learning, and that traditional methodologies fail to maximise student engagement (Lafuente 2018). Thompson (2013) suggests that these ‘new learners’ are constantly using technology, multi-tasking in interactive environments, and collaborating online, yet research shows that many students are unaware of the potential of their smartphone to support learning (Woodcock et al, 2012). Despite a widespread interest in mobile devices facilitating teaching and learning in third-level education geography departments (Welsh et al. 2013), many research techniques are still taught using traditional ‘pen-and-paper’ methodologies. The ESRI Collector for ArcGIS is a mobile application (app) that can be used with iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones. Collector for ArcGIS is beginning to emerge as a technology to support spatial thinking in geography at second-level education and third-level education (Pánek and Glass 2018). Here we report on our strategy of integrating mobile technology in GG1015 Applied Geography, a large (250+) class introducing first year BA Arts Geography programme students to a number of techniques that we use in Geography. This module sits between GG1013 Environmental Geography and GG1014 Society and Space in the first-year programme. Both of these modules are a block of 24 1-hour lectures, with multiple choice quizzes (MCQs) and essay-based exams. Subsequently, GG1015 was developed to compliment these modules and introduce different teaching styles that facilitate learning across a range of diversities. Throughout this module, students engage directly in fieldwork, photographic activities, essay writing, presentations, and small group work. As such, this module offers an excellent case study to explore new techniques to engage students in learning, particularly in geographic research. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.publisher National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education en
dc.rights © 2019, the Author(s). This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. en
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.subject New digital technologies en
dc.subject Research en
dc.subject Surveys en
dc.subject Questionnaires en
dc.subject Student engagement en
dc.subject New learners en
dc.subject Smartphone en
dc.subject Collector for ArcGIS en
dc.subject Mobile technology en
dc.subject Geographic research en
dc.title Digital (Urban) Geography: Student-led research methodology training using smartphone apps en
dc.type Conference item en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Paul Holloway, University College Cork en
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dc.description.version Published Version en
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.internal.conferencelocation University College Cork, Cork, Ireland en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress paul.holloway@ucc.ie en


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