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

H. A. Smith, J. E. Dyment, A. Hill, J. Downing

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-317
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning
Volume16
Issue number4
Early online date2 Mar 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016

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