I developed this resource because the topic of glaciers and glaciation is sometimes perceived by students and teachers as being more difficult to introduce and engage with in the classroom than others associated with more familiar environments, such as rivers and coasts.
Of course, this can be addressed through well-designed fieldwork in areas with glaciers and/or glaciated landscapes. Unfortunately, fieldwork to these environments – if it takes place at all – often occurs at a different time in the year from when students are learning about them in class. In addition, fieldwork can occasionally be blighted by poor weather, illness, accessibility issues etc.
Through its on-demand, simulated fieldwork, this resource provides a solution to these challenges. I believe virtual fieldwork has an important role to play in the classroom and, as such, it can also help to underpin ‘real’ fieldwork – for which there is no substitute!