FieldFriend is a native iOS and Android app, and website developed by Learning Environments in collaboration with the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences. Developed initially to direct students on ‘self-guided’ small group field excursions during the first year of the BEnvs, it is also available for use in other subjects. Please contact Learning Environments for further details.
The FieldFriend app provides a scaffolding for experiential learning. A live map on the app guides students through various preset geographic locations. On arrival at each location, a set of prompts, media, questions and tasks become immediately available. These contextualize what they can physically observe and helps construct their own knowledge. Students also use the app to capture photos, videos, audio, draw sketches and write notes that are spatially-tagged and time-stamped; these are retained on the device and uploaded to an online database when internet connectivity is available.
The website allows staff to easily author and curate trips, media, and questions. It also enables students to view and export their collected media (including question answers) and view their group members’ media.