Monday, May 21, 2018

Experiential Learning with Zane State College's Honors Program at Forfar Field Station

I have been dabbling with videography over the last two years. I have recorded mostly the outdoor adventures I have taken with friends. While teaching at Foxfire High School during the 2017-18 school year, I taught a Technology Media Class. We took photographs, published a slideshow for the lunchroom television, and produced videos of school-related items.

I utilized my videography skills to collaborate with Associate Professor Katie Hooper from Zane State College to create Biology Connections. More information on the Biology Connections will be shared in a future blog post. Through this collaboration, Professor Hooper asked me to chaperone a Tropical Field Biology course at Forfar Field Station on Andros Island in the Bahamas. I loaded up my GoPro Hero 5 and recorded much of the trip. The students completed field research on the trip and gave a presentation to the administration and professors of Zane State College, family members, future students of the college, and guests from the community. I shared the completed version of the video at the presentation. I wanted to share the video with you through the lens of an educator thinking about the real-world application of learning whether you call it problem-based learning, project-based learning, or experiential learning. There are three parts to the video. Part I is an explanation of each day at the Field Station, part II is short clips for each research project, and part III is the students' final thoughts on the trip.

If you would like more information on our trip, you can contact me through email at . Professor Katie Hooper is available to provide information about Zane State College, the Honors Program at the college, or her experiences at Forfar Field Station. The International Field Studies  can be contacted for details about utilizing Forfar Field Station for your own trip and research.

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