Out There Learning: Critical Reflections on Off-Campus Study Programs

Edited by Deborah Curran, Cameron Owens, Helga Thorson and Elizabeth Vibert

© 2018

Universities across North America and beyond are experiencing growing demand for off-campus, experiential learning. Exploring the foundations of what it means to learn "out there," Out There Learning is an informed, critical investigation of the pedagogical philosophies and practices involved in short-term, off-campus programs or field courses. Bringing together contributors’ individual research and experience teaching or administering off-campus study programs, Out There Learning examines and challenges common assumptions about pedagogy, place, and personal transformation, while also providing experience-based insights and advice for getting the most out of faculty-led field courses.

Divided into three sections that investigate aspects of pedagogy, ethics of place, and course and program assessment, this collection offers "voices from the field" highlighting the experiences of faculty members, students, teaching assistants, and community members engaged in every aspect of an off-campus study programs. Several chapters examine study programs in the traditional territories of Indigenous communities and in the Global South. Containing an appendix highlighting some examples of off-campus study programs, Out There Learning offers new pathways for faculty, staff, and college and university administrators interested in enriching the experience of non-traditional avenues of study.

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Out There Learning is an edited collection that explores the pedagogical foundations of what it means to learn “out there” - on short-term, off-campus programs and field courses.

Out There Learning: Critical Reflections on Off-Campus Study Programs

Edited by Deborah Curran, Cameron Owens, Helga Thorson and Elizabeth Vibert

© 2018

Universities across North America and beyond are experiencing growing demand for off-campus, experiential learning. Exploring the foundations of what it means to learn "out there," Out There Learning is an informed, critical investigation of the pedagogical philosophies and practices involved in short-term, off-campus programs or field courses. Bringing together contributors’ individual research and experience teaching or administering off-campus study programs, Out There Learning examines and challenges common assumptions about pedagogy, place, and personal transformation, while also providing experience-based insights and advice for getting the most out of faculty-led field courses.

Divided into three sections that investigate aspects of pedagogy, ethics of place, and course and program assessment, this collection offers "voices from the field" highlighting the experiences of faculty members, students, teaching assistants, and community members engaged in every aspect of an off-campus study programs. Several chapters examine study programs in the traditional territories of Indigenous communities and in the Global South. Containing an appendix highlighting some examples of off-campus study programs, Out There Learning offers new pathways for faculty, staff, and college and university administrators interested in enriching the experience of non-traditional avenues of study.

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  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Deborah Curran is associate professor in the Faculty of Law and School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria.


    Cameron Owens is associate teaching professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Victoria.


    Helga Thorson is associate professor and chair in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies at the University of Victoria.


    Elizabeth Vibert is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Victoria. She is the author of Traders' Tales: Narratives of Cultural Encounters in the Columbia Plateau, 1807-1846 (University of Oklahoma Press, 2000).

  • Table of contents

    SECTION 1: THE PROCESSES OF LEARNING OUT THERE

    Section Overview
    Where the past and present intersect …
    Sam Kerr

    CHAPTER ONE
    "You cannot avoid all of this past, present, and future when it’s everywhere around you": Reflecting Relational Thinking in Field Study Experiences
    Kacy McKinney

    Living in the moment ...
    Emily Halvorsen

    CHAPTER TWO
    An Integrative, Thematic Approach to International Field Study Programs
    Aaron Williams

    Being part of something bigger …
    Kathleen O’Reilly

    CHAPTER THREE
    The Enlivened Classroom: Bringing the Field Back to Campus
    Nakanyike B. Musisi

    There is no front of the classroom here …
    Rob Cook

    CHAPTER FOUR
    Settlers Unsettled: Using Field Schools and Digital Stories to Transform Geographies of Ignorance About Indigenous Peoples in Canada
    Heather Castleden, Kiley Daley, Vanessa Sloan Morgan, and Paul Sylvestre

    Discovering traces of the past …
    Sara Lax

    SECTION 2: IMPLICATIONS OF PLACE

    Section Overview
    Connecting with the community …
    Aisling Kennedy

    CHAPTER FIVE
    Outsider Education: Indigenous Law and Land-Based Learning
    John Borrows

    Live life with significance …
    Freya Selander

    CHAPTER SIX
    Putting Law in its Place: Field School Explorations of Indigenous and Colonial Legal Geographies
    Deborah Curran

    Mysteries remain …
    Laura Buchan

    CHAPTER SEVEN
    Power in Place: Dilemmas in Leading Field Schools to the Global South
    Elizabeth Vibert and Kirsten Sadeghi-Yekta

    What you can’t get from a textbook …
    Sarah Elwood

    SECTION 3: ASSESSING THE VALUE OF THE JOURNEY

    Section Overview
    Kuala Lumpur & Singapore Comparison I and II
    Bonny Fu

    CHAPTER EIGHT
    Getting beyond "It changed my life": Assessment of Out-There Transformation
    Janelle S. Peifer and Elaine Meyer-Lee

    9:14 AM: Saturday, May 14, 2016
    "The world moves through us" …
    Jake Noah Sherman

    CHAPTER NINE
    Assessing Learning "Out There": Four Key Challenges and Opportunities
    Cameron Owens and Maral Sotoudehnia

    Embracing complexities …
    Liah Formby

    CHAPTER TEN
    Transformation in the Field: Short-Term Study Abroad and the Pursuit of Changes
    Michael R. Glass

    Education can be empowering …
    Emily Tennent

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