Integration of the Questogo© platform to enhance soil science and forest ecology courses

TitleIntegration of the Questogo© platform to enhance soil science and forest ecology courses
Duration1 Year
Project Summary

Technology has become ever present in our society, and this has necessitated a shift in the way that we view education and social interactions. In this project, we explore the viability of mobile technology and the emergence of gaming and mobile applications (Apps) in a post-secondary educational setting. The objective of the proposed study is to develop a game-style educational quest (scavenger hunt), based on the Questogo© platform (website and mobile App), for direct use in two undergraduate courses: APBI 200 – Introduction to Soil Science (offered by the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, UBC) and FRST 201 - Forest Ecology (offered by the Faculty of Forestry, UBC). The quest will focus on soil classification, using forest floor classification as a case study that is relevant for both courses mentioned above, and will be designed as a self-study resource that supports field-based, hands-on laboratory sections of the two courses.

Funding Details
Year 1: Project YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2014/2015
Year 1: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorMaja Krzic
Year 1: Funded Amount43,140
Year 1: Team Members

Maja Krzic, Faculty of Forestry / Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Julie Wilson, Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Sue Grayston, Faculty of Forestry
Sylvain Marcotte, 14Oranges Software Inc.

Project Report14-047-TLEF-Krzic-Final-WEB.pdf
Project Outcomes

Students dig deep into soil science with mobile game

Scaffolding Student Learning: Forest Floor Example

Blending Multimedia and Face-to-Face Teaching to Enhance Learning about the Forest Floor