Virtual field trips can increases motivation and highlights the application of course material to the real world. It is an excellent opportunity to facilitate learning outside of the online classroom in an interesting and purposeful way. Field notes, reports, inventories, and treasure hunt lists, can be developed in the online course individually or in small groups and then used in the field trip. Students can then return to the course to report on their experiences to the class or in small groups. Variation: Students can also video the field trip and share it in a discussion forum, blog or wiki. See related, Direct an Observation.
Virtual Field Trips
- Education Database Online – collection of virtual field trips that can be integrated into the curriculum
- Microsoft Virtual Field Trips – search collection by target age groups, subject, country and language
- Virtual Field Trips – field trips developed by educators by educators