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Can field botany be effectively taught as a distance course? Experiences and reflections from the COVID-19 pandemic

Auffret, Alistair and Ekholm, Adam and Hämäläinen, Aino and Jonsell, Mats and Lehto, Carl and Nordkvist, Michelle and Öckinger, Erik and Redbo Torstensson, Peter and Viketoft, Maria and Thor, Göran (2022). Can field botany be effectively taught as a distance course? Experiences and reflections from the COVID-19 pandemic. AoB PLANTS. 14 :1 , plab079
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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic that started in 2020 forced a rapid change in university teaching, with large numbers of courses switching to distance learning with very little time for preparation. Courses involving many practical elements and field excursions required particular care if students were to fulfil planned learning outcomes. Here, we present our experiences in teaching field botany in 2020 and 2021. Using a range of methods and tools to introduce students to the subject, promote self-learning and reflection and give rapid and regular feedback, we were able to produce a course that allowed students to achieve the intended learning outcomes and that obtained similarly positive student evaluations to previous years. The course and its outcomes were further improved in 2021. We describe how we structured field botany as a distance course in order that we could give the best possible learning experience for the students. Finally, we reflect on how digital tools can aid teaching such subjects in the future, in a world where public knowledge of natural history is declining.

Authors/Creators:Auffret, Alistair and Ekholm, Adam and Hämäläinen, Aino and Jonsell, Mats and Lehto, Carl and Nordkvist, Michelle and Öckinger, Erik and Redbo Torstensson, Peter and Viketoft, Maria and Thor, Göran
Title:Can field botany be effectively taught as a distance course? Experiences and reflections from the COVID-19 pandemic
Series Name/Journal:AoB PLANTS
Year of publishing :2022
Volume:14
Number:1
Article number:plab079
Number of Pages:8
ISSN:2041-2851
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Botany
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 503 Educational Sciences > Learning
Keywords:floristics, learning, online course, pedagogics, plant identification, teaching
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-115789
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-115789
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Type of IDID
DOI10.1093/aobpla/plab079
ID Code:27460
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Ecology
(S) > Dept. of Ecology
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:28 Mar 2022 13:27
Metadata Last Modified:28 Mar 2022 13:31

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