How Will COVID-19 Change Forestry Education? A Study of US Forest Operations Instructors

Elizabeth M. Dodson, Charles R. Blinn

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Abstract

The COVID-19 (COVID) pandemic affected nearly every aspect of higher education. It has been particularly disruptive to forest operations courses that rely heavily on field experiences. Dodson and Blinn (2021) surveyed US forest operations instructors at four-year institutions granting SAF-accredited forestry degrees to understand how they rapidly modified courses during spring 2020 to accommodate a move to fully remote instruction. Through an online survey and interviews, a follow-up study was conducted to understand how courses were modified when instructors had time to prepare and what, if any, of those modifications are likely to be retained upon a return to in-person instruction. Two main themes emerged from the survey and interviews: instructors will expand the range of tools and methods used to convey course content, and they have a renewed respect for the importance of field experience and personal interactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)145-155
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Forestry
Volume120
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2022

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Keywords

  • Zoom
  • flipped classroom
  • hands-on learning
  • interaction
  • pandemic
  • remote instruction

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