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Doing Business As Name:University of Florida
  • Anita M Marshall
  • (501) 681-2928
Award Date:01/14/2020
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 49,715
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 49,715
  • FY 2020=$49,715
Start Date:02/15/2020
End Date:01/31/2021
Transaction Type:Grant
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.050
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:Inclusive Fieldwork Toolkit - Community resource of technology to enable accessible fieldwork
Federal Award ID Number:1941497
DUNS ID:969663814
Parent DUNS ID:159621697
Program:Integrat & Collab Ed & Rsearch
Program Officer:
  • Brandon Jones
  • (703) 292-4713

Awardee Location

Awardee Cong. District:03

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:University of Florida
Cong. District:03

Abstract at Time of Award

Part 1 Field courses are a critical element of teaching and learning in the field-focused science disciplines. However, key sites are often inaccessible to students with disabilities. Students who cannot access a field location with their peers and instructors are given alternate assignments that do not provide the same level of inquiry-based, collaborative learning that students receive in the field. Technology-mediated approaches to collaborative fieldwork have been shown to be an effective means of enabling participation for students who would otherwise be excluded. However, the cost of appropriate communication technology to facilitate remote access is a barrier for many field course instructors. Establishing a set of loan equipment will enable broader accessibility and active participation in field-based teaching, learning and research for students and faculty with disabilities. A major outcome will be increasing the social inclusion within the field-based disciplines which will help attract other under-represented groups to study the geosciences and provide further opportunities to promote diversity and inclusion within higher education and the associated disciplines. Part 2 This grant will establish an inclusive fieldwork toolkit to enable field-focused science instructors to integrate tried-and-tested assistive technology into their teaching and provide a basis for sharing inclusive fieldwork practices across institutions, promoting diversity and inclusion in the broader geoscience community. The established toolkit will support the following goals: - Provide access to equipment for inclusive field experiences. - Establish a community of student and faculty researchers engaged in accessibility-related projects who could then generate use-case reports and become system trainers for deployment at other institutions. - Create new opportunities for collaboration and innovation by reproducing instructional practices utilizing an established and evaluated set of equipment. This award reflects NSF's statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation's intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria.

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