Sustainable Forest Management and Soil Quality: An Enriched Virtual Educational Experience

TitleSustainable Forest Management and Soil Quality: An Enriched Virtual Educational Experience
Faculty/College/UnitLand & Food Systems
StatusActive
Duration1 Year
Initiation04/01/2018
Funding Details
Year 1: Project YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2018/2019
Year 1: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorMaja Krzic
Year 1: Funded Amount48,312
Year 1: Team Members

Maja Krzic, Associate Professor, Applied Biology, Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Khalil Walji, Forestry Education Consultant, Social Forestry Team, Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations
Saeed Dyanatkar, Digital Media Producer, UBC Studios and Emerging Media Lab
Chris Crowley, Manager, Learning Design, Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology

Year 1: Summary

The proposed project will create and evaluate an online open access learning resource, which combines team-based learning (TBL) case studies with the immersive media including Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR), to foster learning engagement and enrich student learning in the APBI402/SOIL502 course and to provide supplemental information in additional 6 UBC courses (APBI 200, 401 & 444; FRST 201 & 439; SOIL 501). There is a unique and rare opportunity to utilize research data obtained by several soil science studies in South Africa to develop TBL cases supported by immersive media that will provide students with meaningful understanding of location-based content. This will enhance interactive, collaborative, and reflective student learning about soil quality as affected by forest management practices not just in Canadian forest ecosystems, but also in international context using tropical and subtropical forests of South Africa as examples.