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Welcome to the homepage of the LIFT kit: Library of Inclusive Field Technology


What is the LIFT kit?

The Library of Inclusive Field Technology mission is to provide the tools and expertise to improve the accessibility and inclusion in university field trips and field research in the natural sciences through the use of technology aids. This project is supported by the National Science Foundation and donor support.

We are currently in the early stages of purchasing, test-running equipment, and setting up this website. In the meantime, please contact Anita Marshall, University of Florida at anita.marshall [at] ufl.edu for more information, and check out the examples below of the tools in the kit being used in field learning activities.

How is it used in the field?

The following resources show some of the many ways tech tools can enable or improve access in the field. 

 

Assessing The ‘Open Field Lab’: Evaluating Interactive Fieldcasts for Enhancing Access to Fieldwork. This website summarizes the use of livestreaming, semi-interactive field learning modules at the Open University. 

Literature

Publications about programs in which tech tools were used to enable access to field learning. From the details of implementation to critical evaluations of the social aspects of using a tech-enabled approach to access, these peer-reviewed articles cover a range of topics related to using tech to connect students to field learning activities.

Whitmeyer, S. J., Atchison, C.L., and Collins, T. (2020) “Using Mobile Technologies to Enhance Accessibility and Inclusion in Field-Based Learning.” GSA Today 30 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1130/GSATG462A.1

Houghton, Jacqueline J., et al. “Access Anglesey 2018: Lessons from an inclusive field course.” Advances in Geosciences 53 (2020): 183-194. https://doi.org/10.5194/adgeo-53-183-2020

Atchison, Christopher L., Anita M. Marshall, and Trevor D. Collins. “A multiple case study of inclusive learning communities enabling active participation in geoscience field courses for students with physical disabilities.” Journal of Geoscience Education 67.4 (2019): 472-486. https://doi.org/10.1080/10899995.2019.1600962 

How-To Guides

Coming soon! We will be developing how-to documents and videos that walk you through the technical aspects of using the technology, and offer guidance on the educational, social and affective considerations for using the tech in a productive and inclusive way.

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Disclaimer: This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0939645. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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