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A digital learning environment for field based geoscience teaching


In geology, fieldwork is done to observe and gather information of rocks and structures, which is later linked to large-scale context that exemplifies a geological process or environment. One of the great challenges in geology education is to make this link between the observations and understanding of the large-scale variations in nature – we identify this as one of the main threshold concepts in geology.


Photo: Lena Håkansson, UNIS

Students are introduced to geological field learning either through passive excursions or through active field work – both often in combination with indoor classroom preparation and processing and presentation of field material after return. Due to the different practical and technical possibilities inside and outside, there is often a gap between the way materials and concepts are presented in the classroom, and the way students work to understand the same concepts outside.

This is a two-fold project carried out at UNIS in cooperation with the iEarth team. The project aims to:


  1. Develop a holistic field – classroom learning design for selected courses by using tablet- and SMARTboard based digital classroom.
  2. Study the learning process of students using the digital platform, with emphasis on the learning of spatial thinking.


This project is funded by Norgesuniversitetet.

For more information about this project, contact:


Maria Jensen
Associate professor, UNIS
Lena M. Håkansson
Associate professor, UNIS