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Participatory toolkit A guide of tools and methods for collective creation of Virtual Field Trips

What is a participatory process, and for whom? Can we create a Virtual Field Trip collectively? What participatory tools could we use?

We are happy to announce the release of our participatory toolkit!

V-Global Participatory Toolkit

The main goal of this toolkit is to provide methodological steps, tools, and techniques for co-designing Virtual Field Trips (VFTs) and to familiarize teachers with blended learning methods and participatory tools. It is a self-explained guide that can be used to apply a common glossary among tutors and professionals in geography and urban planning/design.

Image 1. Problems and ideas collective mapping with the residents in Halandri Neighborhood, Athens source: commonspace

The main target groups are the following:

  • Teachers in higher education.
  • High education students and academics.
  • Researchers in the fields of geography, urban planning and spatial design.

In this toolkit you can find the following chapters and content:

  1. What is a participatory process? A more theoretical framework regarding participatory processes.
  2. The goal and target groups of the participatory toolkit
  3. Step by step process in Athens and Hamburg. The different participatory methodologies that the project partners followed to experiment and create Virtual Field Trips in the two cities.
  4. Different examples of methodological frameworks. The different methodological workflows and approaches that the project partners have developed and followed during their Virtual Field Trips creations.
  5. Categories and examples of participatory tools. Tools, blended learning methods, guidelines, participatory techniques, easy-to-use templates, links to tutorials and tips to match digital tools to physical processes and participatory steps.


Image 2.SWOT template. Source: commonspace’s participatory LAB, https://miro.com/app/board/o9J_l4dVM_w=/?share_link_id=877444891119

This toolkit proposes a variety of proposed tools that you can use to design a participatory process and create your Virtual Field Trip, by combining field work with digital techniques. The tools are dived in categories such as:

  • Aspiration mapping, brainstorming & Co-design of field trips and excursions
  • Sensory mapping (sensations, perspective, sentiments)
  • Collaborative SWOT analysis tools
  • Data collection and Mobile data collection tools
  • Story-telling and story map tools
  • Consultation/ Voting/ Evaluation tools

We invite you to use our toolkit, walk around and discover your local environment, collect your data, choose collective processes and get inspired to create your Virtual Field Trips with your team!

Collaborative tool : Miro

The V-Global project is based on collaborative work in blended learning. To get students to work together, we use participatory tools like MIRO. It is a free tool that allows doing individual and group work during or outside class, presentations, giving feedback on assignments, Q&A sessions, planning and structuring individual or collaborative work in order to construct knowledge.

Instructions : https://miro.com/blog/online-or-blended-classes/

  1. Lesson Plan


It can be used for lesson plan can that will help organize lessons but help differentiate and plan for the different students’needs and ability levels. This template lesson plans can be modified and used again and again. One can organize the lesson in different sections:

  • A lesson overview
  • A summary of the tasks
  • The assignment deadlines
  • An area for student questions
  • Further material
  1. Syllabus Template

The Syllabus Template ensures that students are on the same time— literally with you when you want to be and figuratively all the time. It includes everything that’s happening to accomplish their work.

  1. Learning Objective Design Template

This template helps create a well-thought-out course that includes a supportive learning environment and skills practice, question & answers. The teacher has an overview in constructing knowledge. It means that teacher can “observe” all time the students’ progress on the one hand to create learner-centric statements that describe the desired behavior of the learner after the completion of an activity.

On the other hand, to helps identify and define assessment strategies that are aligned with established learning objectives. a simple way is provided by Miro with drag and drop components onto the canvas using sticky notes.

  1. Thinking Critically Template

This template allows you to pose a interesting question, share supporting materials, and then facilitate an experience (synchronously or asynchronously) enabling students to test out their knowledge regarding the question. The collaborative work help participants see what they and others think about the question and if their opinions change once additional information has been introduced.


Photo by David Tip on Unsplash

Athens’ Real Virtual field trip

As part of the V-global project, we realized a real fieldtip in Athens in May 2022.

The data collected allowed us to collaboratively create 5 virtual terrains on global change. These virtual fields are based on a common methodology.

Methodology to create VFT

  1. Identify keywords and choose a problem
  2. Identify 5 relevant datas
  3. Geolocate them
  4. Build the scenario of the virtual field trip
  5. Elaboration of the virtual field trip

The virtual fields were then created using different tools: Storymap and Genially. The renderings are varied and present the different ways of exploring the space virtually.


Virtual Field Trip created

The Université Paris Cité’s field trip is based on a sensitive approach to the field. It is enhanced by artistic representations of the space.

The virtual field trip of Universität Hamburg is participative and includes tools like limesurvey or filling the blanck.

The virtual field trip developed by Eurogéo is based on a more conceptual (with a heuristic map) and visual approach with visual panoramas of the area.

Commonspace has developed a virtual field trip  on the scenes of everyday life with both an interpretation of spatial practices and an illustrated road trip.

Finally, NTUA’s virtual field trip  proposes a historical approach of Athens put in perspective with a spatial reading of the city.

Photo credits : David Tip on Unsplash