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The Virtual Placement: An alternative to the traditional work placement in the geographical sciences?

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)287-302
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Geography in Higher Education
Volume32
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2008

Abstract

Work placements are a well-established part of the curricula of many geographical sciences, as are opportunities for online learning. Whilst many aspects of the learning experience for undergraduates have been given an online makeover the placement has remained a 'real' experience. This paper considers the potential value of an online placement and outlines pedagogical and technical aspects of the e-MapScholar Virtual Placement. Findings from evaluation of the first Virtual Placement case study are presented and issues regarding wider adoption are raised.

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