According to colleagues, Dr Thomas Jellis, School of Geography and the Environment, has set a new standard for field classes after designing a 'one stop shop' for undergraduates participating in a study trip to Copenhagen.
He saw the potential to create a highly specialised learning environment on the VLE (WebLearn): one that would provide students with useful, up-to-date information before, during and after the trip; encourage collaboration through group project wikis; and provide a coherent, reusable structure for future excursions. With the VLE's responsive page layout, that adapts seamlessly to any device, it could be accessed in Oxford and on the field trip.
Students felt prepared in advance of the trip and, as it came to a close, confident that they knew what was expected of them in terms of writing up their findings.
– Dr Thomas Jellis, School of Geography and the Environment