Initial Publication Date: October 14, 2020

Developing a Sense of Place During Distance Learning

Tuesday, November 17th

1:00pm PT | 2:00pm MT | 3:00pm CT | 4:00pm ET

Registration Deadline: Sunday, November 15


Steve Semken, School of Earth & Space Exploration, Arizona State University
Carrie Ferraro, Dept. of Marine & Coastal Sciences & Institute of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Rutgers University
Tara Laidlaw, Southern Oregon Land Conservancy

Webinar Description

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Sense of place helps students contextualize their learning, engage in systems thinking, and connect more personally with course content. How can we adjust our curriculum and facilitation to help students develop a sense of place, when we can't be in a place together? In this webinar, we will explore several approaches for incorporating sense of place into distance learning, including taking virtual field trips, tapping into local knowledge, and using a community's shared experience as a springboard.

Webinar Goals

In this webinar, participants will:

  • Differentiate between and define the relationship between "sense of place" and "place-based education"
  • Articulate benefits of developing and leveraging students' sense of place
  • Identify opportunities to incorporate sense of place into your coursework in a variety of contexts and approaches


Duration: 1 hour
Format: Presentations will take place through a Zoom Meeting screen-sharing session. The webinar will be recorded.
Accessing the Webinar: Instructions for joining the webinar will be email to participants the day before the event. Learn more about accessing the webinar.
Questions? Please contact Mitchell Bender-Awalt ( if you have any questions about this event.

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