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Engaging new Antarctic learners and ambassadors through flexible learning, open education and immersive video lectures

  • Rebecca Priestley (a1), Jacqueline Dohaney (a2), Cliff Atkins (a3), Rhian Salmon (a1) and Kealagh Robinson (a4)...

Abstract

In April 2017, Victoria University of Wellington launched ICE101X—Antarctica: From Geology to Human History—on the global edX platform. This Massive Open Online Course, or MOOC, attracted 5735 learners from around the world, who engaged with content about Antarctic science, history, geology, and culture, primarily through video lectures filmed in Antarctica. Analysis of feedback from learners in three iterations of the course, offered between 2015 and 2017 and culminating in ICE101X, revealed that learners enjoyed the immersive Antarctic field lectures and learning through a diverse set of disciplinary lenses, had some preconceptions about Antarctica that were challenged by the course content, and completed the course with a new sense of interest in and protection of Antarctica.

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