Using Gigapan and Photosynth in Geology Teaching

This week I presented some work in progress on the use of gigapan and photosynth to assist mobility impaired geology students at the “Overcoming Barriers to Learning in the Geosciences” meeting of the Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (GEES) subject centre of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

The main aim of our MIS:TIQUE project (mobility impaired students : teaching in quite unsuitable environments) is to provide alternative technologies for mobility impaired students so that they can attain an equivalent learning experience to the able-bodied in geology fieldwork. Gigapan and photosynth allow us to mimic the observation patterns that we would like all students to use. This involves starting with an overview to develop hypotheses to what might be going on, moving in and around the outcrop to make more detailed observations and test the hypotheses, and then move back out again to revise the overview.

I’ve embedded the presentation below. Feel free to use any of the ideas but obviously if you use any of it please credit the source. If you have any questions, comments or feedback please use the blog comments. [Apologies for my powerpoint style – I tend to talk over images without using much text on the slides but this wouldn’t make much sense in this context so I have added what I said to the images.]