Real and virtual experiential learning on the Mekong: Field schools, e-Sims and cultural challenge

Philip Hirsch*, Kate Lloyd

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Abstract

This paper describes two innovative and linked approaches to teaching and student learning in the environmental and development geography of the Mekong region, a region remote from students' normal experiential options. The first approach is field-based learning through Fields Schools carried out in Vietnam, Laos and Thailand. The second approach is a structured role-playing web-based simulation exercise (e-Sim) on Mekong Basin environmental management challenges. This paper discusses the complementaris of these approach and consider the degree to which these two experiential approaches to teaching and learning have contributed to key competences, namely cross-cultural communication and understanding, multi-disciplinary approaches to environment and development, and regional knowledge of Southeast Asia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)321-337
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Geography in Higher Education
Volume29
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2005

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