Lessons from a virtual field trip: Adapting explorative and immersive learning pedagogy


  • Joseph Davies Duke Kunshan University
  • Laura Davies Duke Kunshan University




virtual fieldtrip, immersive learning, higher education, sino-foreign university, Covid-19

Author Biographies

Joseph Davies, Duke Kunshan University

Joseph Arthur Davies is lecturer of English language at Duke Kunshan University, China. He has MA in TESOL with Applied Linguistics, DETLA, and Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA). His research focuses on Higher Education feedback literacy, English for Academic Purposes instruction and pedagogy, and language classroom assessment.

Laura Davies, Duke Kunshan University

Laura J. Davies is the Assistant Director of EAP, and Lecturer of English Language at Duke Kunshan University. She holds an MA in TESOL with Applied Linguistics and a Cambridge University Postgraduate Diploma in TESOL (DELTA), specializing in higher education English language teaching management. She is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA). Her research interests include intercultural engagement, student identity, and course design.


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How to Cite

Davies, J. and Davies, L. (2021) “Lessons from a virtual field trip: Adapting explorative and immersive learning pedagogy”, Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education, (22). doi: 10.47408/jldhe.vi22.735.