Friday, 11 September 2015

Seeds for Solutions, How does the past inform the future? Innovation projects from 2007/08 #KATS2015

Project Title: Remotely-sensed Imagery
Project Leader(s): Richard Waller

Project Aim & Summary
The overall aim of this project was to evaluate the ways in which remotely-sensed imagery can be used to enhance the learning experience of students within Earth Sciences & Geography. Funding has enabled the purchase of high-resolution, digital terrain model (DTM) data for two regions within the U.K. frequently used within teaching in Earth Sciences & Geography. Initial student feedback suggests that derived visualisations are very effective in enabling students to visualise unfamiliar physical landscapes, which is extremely important in field-based learning. However, whilst feedback indicates that the majority of students prefer the greater level of detail offered by this high-resolution data, some students suggest that this can produce unnecessary clutter and therefore impair the clarity of related visualisations. This suggests that the source of DTM data should be selected carefully according to the scale of the area and purpose of the activity and that “more” is not always “better”.

Remotely-sensed Imagery - Final Report

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Project Title: Simulated Crime Scenes
Project Leader(s): Jamie Pringle

Project Background 
Active learning through field practicals should emphasise deep learning and understanding and will reinforce prior knowledge gained through the various theoretical lectures given. Students should also be able to individually evaluate the different location techniques. Providing student-led, group problem-solving exercises should significantly enhance the students’ learning experience. The relevant key transferable and employability skills learnt will include student critical thinking, team-working, problem-solving, communication skills, active learning in a field-based environment, and importantly, forensic work-related learning. This type of investigation also emphasises the multi-disciplinarily nature of forensic investigations, which has been shown to be really important in the ‘real-world’. Using the field site for student research purposes will also allow feedback of results back into the undergraduate degree programme, showing the students the importance of this link for their studies.

Simulated Crime Scenes - Presentation Slides

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Simulated Crime Scenes by Jamie Pringle, Keele University is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.