Doing Geography in the Field – A Field Course in BC

Series: CTLT Institute

Event Date & Time

  • December 12, 2016
    1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Event Description

Please note this event has been cancelled.

The session will look at the development of a field experience course designed for human and environmental sustainability geography students but which has attracted students from across the university. The field course works with community partners in the local community making it a very handoff experience for students. The main thread, addressed in an upcoming publication, is the role of the instructor not as the expert but as the facilitator of student learning. The field course gives students the opportunity to apply what they have learned during their degree as well as the experience of developing and using some of their soft skills.


Siobhán McPhee is now in her 4th year at UBC where she is a faculty member in the Educational Leadership Stream. Her interests are in bringing knowledge to life and closing the gap between the academy and the broader society. Students should be owners and drivers of their own education, and Siobhán sees her role as a facilitator in this process. Siobhán’s rich experience living and working in many different parts of the world compliments her academic research and educational interests in Geography in bringing the world to the classroom. Siobhán’s specific research interests are in labour geography, experiential learning and educational technology.