Stanford University

Broadening participation in field-based science through virtual field trips

Thursday, Oct 21, 2021 1:00 PM
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Stanford Earth's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion initiatives

Historically, geosciences are among the least diverse fields within STEM areas. Fieldwork is an important element in geoscience studies. However, field activities often present limitations for those with a disability or with other personal constraints, becoming an entry barrier. 

The past year, however, has spurred the development of virtual learning experiences that can be leveraged to reduce barriers to participation in in-person field activities as well as providing alternatives to in-person field experiences that are more accessible and more equitable.

Join us to learn more about how Stanford Earth is expanding accessibility through the creation and use of virtual field trips. Dr. Ryan Petterson will share some lessons learned as well as how instructors can use these technologies to help address issues of accessibility during field trips when combined with inclusive teaching methods. There will be space for participants to share ideas and experiences.

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