The Story of Ice: Design of a Virtual and Augmented Reality Field Trip Through Yosemite National Park

Joseph A. Gutierrez (California State University – Fullerton, USA) and Natalie Bursztyn (California State University – Fullerton, USA)
Copyright: © 2019 |Pages: 16
EISBN13: 9781522591139|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-6136-1.ch001
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Increasing enrollment and costs in introductory geoscience classes are making the logistics of organizing on-location field trips challenging; but with modern technology, virtual field trips (VFTs) can provide a proxy. Students entering college today are digital natives with short attention spans, suggesting they would find a VFT appealing and easy to navigate. While not a replacement for an actual field trip, VTFs offer interactive alternatives to traditional lectures, and several have been successful in engaging and educating students. This proposed VFT utilizes the iconic geology of Yosemite National Park to teach the effects of climate change at geologic and anthropogenic timescales. The story is told along Yosemite's four roads and is designed for use as a roadside geology accompaniment in the park, or as a standalone interactive tool in the classroom. VFT stops narrate the geologic history of the area and use photos with illustrated overlays to further describe concepts.
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