AUDIO TOUR EXCURSION
This is an exercise in directed observation of a new environment, focused on using all senses while listening to an audio tour that incorporates new and tangential information and opinion, and reflection on observation skills and impressions of the environment. The activity was targeted to encourage the students to consider their new environment beyond the confines of the campus during the early days of their semester.
Context for Use
Description and Teaching Materials
The class members were assigned to take individual excursions sometime during the weekend following the second week of the semester. The students were directed to download an audio tour of the neighborhood surrounding campus, "Out of Place," prepared during an honors term following her graduation by Emily Eagle, a former Beloit College student. The audio tour directed the listener to notice certain elements of the environment, while incorporating interviews with local Beloiters. In addition to the audio tour files, the students were given a hard copy of a map that had been hand-drawn by Emily in order to aid them in navigating the surrounding neighborhoods.
The students were given the following directions:
After you've walked the audio tour, post a 2-part response:
- your reactions to the content of the tour, and
- your reactions to how you observed/interacted with your environment while listening to the tour.