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Monday, April 9 • 2:00pm - 2:15pm
SYMPOSIA-07: Interactive Videos Enhance Learning About Socio-Ecological Systems

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AUTHORS: Erica Smithwick *, Stephanie Edel-Malizia, Alex Klippel – The Pennsylvania State University

ABSTRACT: We assessed two forms of interactive video in an online course focused on landscape conservation. We hypothesized that interactive video enhances student perceptions about learning and improves mental models of socio-ecological systems. Results showed that students reported greater learning and attitudes toward the subject following interactive video. Moreover, metrics of network complexity applied to students’ concept maps of socio-ecological systems increased longitudinally through the course highlighting greater awareness of socio-ecological linkages. We conclude that interactive video can increase awareness of interdisciplinary connections in socio-ecological systems. Using a live demonstration of interactive video as part of an online course in global sustainability, we explore how immersive experience can aid pedagogy around environmental systems thinking and discuss challenges with its integration in an educational setting.The content of the course, global parks and sustainability, allows for further advancements of its pedagogy to include immersive learning approaches that facilitate place-based, experiential learning. Ultimately these approach will allow for a discovery-based approach that stresses the local immediacy of socio-ecological systems and engages students in discovery and decision making. The technological basis for such an approach exist in both online and residential settings and will transform education in ecology/earth sciences within this decade.

Monday April 9, 2018 2:00pm - 2:15pm CDT
LaSalle 1 (7th Floor)