Design, implementation, and insights from a volcanology Virtual Field Trip to Iceland

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Alex Watson
Ben M. Kennedy
Alison Jolley
Jonathan Davidson
Erik Brogt


Virtual field trips (VFTs) are an effective form of geoscience teaching to support or provide alternatives to in-person field trips. We report on the design and implementation of the Iceland VFT aimed at teaching physical volcanology in a third-year undergraduate course. An evaluation exercise administered following the VFT allowed students to reflect on their learning and provided insights into the student experience. Students found the VFT an interesting and motivating learning experience due to the three-dimensional visualisations, entertaining videos, and being exposed to ‘real life’ volcanic environments. Students made suggestions on how to improve the VFT, including minimising technical difficulties and completing the VFT at home to allow more time for classroom discussions. These suggestions were implemented in the second iteration of the VFT and informed the development of two massive open online courses and switch to a flipped classroom.


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Watson, A., Kennedy, B. M., Jolley, A., Davidson, J. and Brogt, E. (2022) “Design, implementation, and insights from a volcanology Virtual Field Trip to Iceland”, Volcanica, 5(2), pp. 451–467. doi: 10.30909/vol.05.02.451467.
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Ben M. Kennedy, University of Canterbury

Professor in the School of Earth and Environment

Alison Jolley, University of Waikato

Lecturer in Academic Development

Jonathan Davidson, University of Cantebury

Dr Jonathan Davidson from the School of Earth and Environment

Erik Brogt, University of Canterbury

Associate Professor Future Learning & Development

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Received 2021-08-18
Accepted 2022-10-14
Published 2022-11-29
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