Online Teaching II
Can Virtual Field Trip Substitute Physical Field Trip?
Dr. Ervi LIUSMAN, School of Hotel and Tourism Management, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Abstract / Video
Field trip is not a new teaching and learning method. Teachers have been adopting field trip to extend the students’ learning outside the classroom. Students can have a real-life connections during the field trip. Nevertheless, COVID-19 pandemic has posed a challenge to the practicability of the fieldtrip. When all classes were shifted to online teaching, the physical field trip ultimately could not be undertaken. An innovative approach should be adopted to ensure that learning will continue with good effect. This study aims to examine whether the virtual field trip can be used as a substitute for the physical field trip. In our study, the field trip is a part of the course where the students will observe the application of the real estate theories in downtown Hong Kong. We are developing two methods of the virtual field trip: a typical video and VR 360° tour. The students can indirectly experience the field trip by means of these methods. However, the two methods provide difference learning experience. The students may not actively engaged by watching the video. In contrast, utilizing VR 360° tour, the students may have interaction by moving around their electronic devices to observe the buildings. In our initial test using a typical video, 93% of the students agree that field trip video is a good alternative to substitute the physical field trip when the latter one is not feasible. Our study will contribute to the literature of innovation in education.