Professor Derek France NTF

Deputy Head of Department & Professor of Pedagogy in Geographical Sciences

I am a physical geographer with interests in environmental reconstruction. My practice and research is centred on enhancing the student learning experience in geography higher education. 

Qualifications

BSc (Hons), PhD, FHEA, FRGS, NTF

Overview

I am a physical geographer with specialist interests lying in the field of quaternary environmental reconstruction. In recent years my research interests have widened to include a more pedagogic focus, investigating the student learning experience with particular attention on the use and application of mobile technologies to enhance teaching and learning. I have published widely on the themes of e-learning and fieldwork and has presented numerous papers, keynotes and workshops. I was the director of the Enhance Fieldwork Learning through the evaluation and inclusion of Web 2.0 technologies in fieldwork, a Higher Education Academy NTF Group Project (2010-2012). I have been an International visiting research fellow in 2010 and 2011 to Massey University, New Zealand and a William Evans visiting Fellow to University of Otago, New Zealand in 2014. I was the former Chair (2006-12) of the Higher Education Research Group (HERG) at the RGS-IBG (Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) and the recipient of the 2013 RGS-IBG Taylor and Francis Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Higher Education Geography.

I am a UK National Teaching Fellow and an Honorary Senior Teaching Fellow of the University of Chester with responsibility for providing leadership in teaching and learning across the University. I completed a PhD at the University of Liverpool and I am a graduate of the University of Wolverhampton (BSc Hons. Applied Science). My professional qualifications include, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS). In 2009 I was awarded a personal chair in Pedagogy in Geographical Sciences. I was a member of the Committee of the Association of National Teaching Fellows (CANTF) in the UK (2009-15) and I am an Associate of the HEA.

I am Co-editor of the international Journal of Geography in Higher Education published by Routledge Taylor & Francis.

Teaching

I am a physical geographer and module leader for:

  • GE5003: Enquiry, Research Design and Geomatics
  • GE5004: Enquiry and Research Design
  • GE5005: Enquiry and Geomatics.
  • GE6005: Climate Change: Recent Record and Future Prospects.

I contribute to two other 1st year modules GE4001: Introduction to Physical Geography and Geology and GE4006: People Hazards and Resources and supervise final year dissertations.

 

PhD Supervision

Current PhD Supervision

Sonja Rewhorn Rural Proofing: Does it work?

Completed PhD Students

Elizabeth Maher (2005) The quaternary evolution of the Rio Alias southeast Spain, with emphasis on sediment provenance. PhD Thesis

Amanda Williams (2003) The sedimentology of Late Devensian glacial deposits in Anglesey, North-West Wales. PhD Thesis

Published work

Whalley, W.B., France, D., Mauchline, A., Welsh, K., and Park, J. R. (2016) Everyday Student Use of iPads: A Vade Mecum for Students’ Active Learning IN Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on the Use of iPads in Higher Education (ihe2016), Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Hill, J., Walkington, H., and France D. (2016) Graduate attributes: implications for higher education practice and policy, Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 40 (2), 155-163

France, D., Powell, V., Mauchline, A.M., Welsh, K.E., Park, J.R, Whalley, W.B and Rewhorn. S. (2016) Ability of students to recognize the relationship between using mobile apps for learning during fieldwork and the development of graduate attributes, Journal Geography in Higher Education40,(2) 182-192

Fuller, I.C. & France, D. (2016) Does digital technology enhance student learning in field-based experiments and develop graduate attributes beyond the classroom? Journal of Geography in Higher Education 40, (2) 193-206

Miller, S., France, D., and Welsh, K (2016) Development of Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (CERC) activities and an Evaluation of their Impact on Learning: Geoscience students’ perceptions, Belgeo [En ligne], 1 pp1-20

France, D., Whalley, W. B., Mauchline, A., Powell, V., Welsh, K., Lerczak, A., Park, J., and Bednarz, R. (2015) Enhancing Fieldwork Leaning Using Mobile Technologies. pp.156. Springer Briefs in Ecology series, ISBN 9783319209661

Welsh, K. E., Mauchline, A. L., Powell, V., France, D., Park J, R., & Whalley, W. B. (2015) Student perceptions of iPads as mobile learning devices for fieldwork, Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 39:3, 450-469, DOI: 10.1080/03098265.2015.1066315

Fuller, I.C. and France, D. (2015) Securing field learning using a twenty-first century Cook’s Tour, Journal Geography in Higher Education, 39 (1) p. 158-172

Fuller, I.C. and France, D. (2014) Fieldwork Going Digital In Thornbush, M. J., Allen, C. D., and Fitzpatrick, F.A. (Eds.) Developments in Earth Surface Processes: Volume 18: Geomorphological Fieldwork. pp. 117-128. Elsevier

Mauchline, A., Jackson, R., & France, D. (2014) ‘Technology-enhanced learning on an international fieldtrip’ Case study – in Learning, Teaching and Assessment in Higher Education: Global Perspectives. Palgrave Teaching and Learning

Whalley, W.B., France, D., Mauchline, A., Welsh, K., and Park, J. R. (2015) Ipad use in Fieldwork: formal and informal use to enhance pedagogic practice in a Bring Your Own Technology world In: Souleles, N. and Pillar, C. (eds.) iPad use in fieldwork: Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on the use of iPads in higher education (ihe2014). Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 110-125. ISBN 9781443876261

France, D., Whalley, W. B., & Mauchline, A. (2013) Using Mobile Devices to Enhance Undergraduate Field Research. CUR Quarterly. 34 (2) p. 38-42. Washington, DC: Council on Undergraduate Research.

Miller, S & France, D (2013) Real-time emergency response scenario using a Web 2.0 technology. Planet. 27 (2) p. 21-29 HEA GEES

Welsh, K., Mauchline, A., France, D., Park, J. R., and Whalley, B. (2013) Enhancing Fieldwork Learning with technology: practitioner’s perspectives, Journal Geography in Higher Education, 37 (3) p. 399-415

Mauchline, A., Welsh, K., France, D., Park, J. R., and Whalley, B. (2012, December 24th) Field trip charges fall away under higher tuition fees. Retrieved from http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=422206&c=1

Mauchline, A., Welsh, K., France, D., Park, J. R., and Whalley, B. (2012, December 6th) Academic fieldwork: six ways to make it work on a budget. Retrieved from http://www.guardian.co.uk/higher-education-network/blog/2012/dec/06/academic-fieldwork-advice-funding-management

 Hill, J., Nelson, A., France, D. & Woodland, W. (2012) Integrating Podcast Technology Effectively into Student Learning: A Reflexive Examination, Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 36 (3) p. 437-454

Welsh, K., France, D., Park, J., and Whalley B. (2012) Geotagging Photographs in Student Fieldwork, Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 36 (3) p. 469-480

Miller, S., and France, D. (2012) Developing a Web 2.0 technology for hazard response simulation, Higher Education Academy STEM Annual Conference paper

Welsh, K., and France, D. (2012) Spotlight on… Smartphones and Fieldwork. Geography, 97, (1), pp. 47-51

France, D., and Wakefield, K. (2011) How to produce a digital Story. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 35, 4, pp. 617-623.

Welsh, K., France, D., Park, J., and Whalley B. (2011) Enhancing Fieldwork Learning in the Biosciences.  Bioscience Bulletin, 32, p.6.

Welsh, K., France, D., Park, J., and Whalley B. (2011) Technology in Fieldwork: It doesn’t have to cost the Earth.  Bioscience Bulletin, 33, p.10.

Welsh, K., France, D., Park, J., and Whalley B. (2011) Enhancing Fieldwork Learning in Geography and Biosciences, INLT Newsletter, 21, p. 2-3. Retrieved from: http://www.geog.canterbury.ac.nz/inlt/inlt21.pdf

France, D. and Fletcher, S. (eds) (2011) Sharing E-learning Practice within the GEES Discipline, GEES Subject Centre.

Walkington, H., Griffin, A. L., Keys-Mathews, L., Metoyer, S.K., Miller, W.E., Baker, R., and France, D. (2011) Embedding Research-Based Learning and Inquiry in the Undergraduate Geography Curriculum. Journal Geography in Higher Education, 35, (3) pp. 315-330.

France, D., and Wakefield, K. (2011) Considering Climate Change through an e-postard In Haslett, S., France, D., and Gedye, S. (Eds.) Pedagogy of Climate Change. pp. 128-139. HEA- GEES Subject Centre

Haslett, S., France, D., and Gedye, S. (2011) Pedagogy of Climate Change: an introduction In Haslett, S., France, D., and Gedye, S. (Eds.) Pedagogy of Climate Change. pp. 4 -9. HEA- GEES Subject Centre.

Haslett, S., France, D., and Gedye, S. (2011) Pedagogy of Climate Change. pp.143. Higher Education Academy GEES Subject Centre, Plymouth. ISBN 978-1-84102-273-4

France, D. (2010) A word in your ear: Conference report, Planet 23, pp33.

Wakefield, K., and France, D. (2010) Bringing Digital Technologies into Assessment, Planet 23, pp. 63- 67

Wakefield, K and France, D (2010) Learning and Teaching Network of National Teaching Fellows: A Preliminary Study. Learning Exchange, 1,1, 12-19pp

Fuller, I., Edmondson, S., France, D., Higgitt, D., and & Ratinen, I. in International perspectives on the Effectiveness of Geography fieldwork for learning, in Healey, M., Pawson, E. and Solem, M.  Active Learning and Student Engagement, Routledge  88-100  ISBN: 978-0-415-56492-2 NB  this book reprints a 2006 JGHE article, 2010

Lynch, K., Bednarz., R  J. Boxall, J., Chambers, L., France, D., Kesby, E-learning for Geography's teaching and learning spaces,   in Healey, M., Pawson, E. and Solem, M.  Active Learning and Student Engagement, Routledge 116-130. ISBN: 978-0-415-56492-2 NB this text reprints a 2008 JGHE article, 2010

Wakefield, K., Ribchester, C., and France, D. (2008) The Chester Graduate / Undergraduate Employability Conference and Employability Strategy. Planet, 21, 33-36

Ribchester, R., France, D., and Wheeler, A. (2008) Podcasting: A tool for Enhancing Assessment Feedback? In O’Doherty, E. (Ed) The Fourth Education in a Changing Environment Conference Book 2007. Informing Science Press.

France, D., and Ribchester, C. (2008) Podcasts and Feedback. In Salmon, G., Edirisingha, P. (Ed.) Podcasting for Learning in Universities, pp. 70-79. Milton Keynes: Open University Press.

Lynch, K., Bednarz., R  J. Boxall, J., Chambers, L., France, D., Kesby, J. (2008)  E-learning for Geography's Teaching and Learning Spaces. Journal Geography in Higher Education, 32 (1) 135-149

France, D., and Ribchester, C (originators) (2008) Case Study 11: Producing websites for assessment of fieldwork. In: Maskall, J. and Stokes, A. (2008) Designing Effective Fieldwork for the Environmental and Natural Sciences. Plymouth: GEES Subject Centre Learning and Teaching Guide, p.58.

Ribchester, C., France, D., and Wakefield, K. (2008) It was just like a personal tutorial’: Using podcasts to provide assessment feedback, Higher Education Academy Annual Conference.

Winsor, S., and France, D. (2008) Fieldwork Safety: A Resource Guide Briefing on BS8848.  GEES Subject Centre and Experiential Learning CETL. 

France, D., and Fletcher, S. (2007) E-learning in the Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences Disciplines: Practitioner Perspectives from the United Kingdom. Geographie und ihre Didaktik, 35 (4) 260-271

France, D., and Ribchester, C (2007) Podcasting Student Assessment Feedback.  Higher Education Academy Pathfinder Briefing paper.

France, D., and Wheeler, A. (2007) Reflections on Using Podcasting for Student Feedback. Planet 18, 9-11.

France, D., and Fletcher. S (2007) E-learning in the UK: Perspectives from GEES practitioners. Planet 18, 3-5

Fletcher, S., France, D., Moore, K., and Robinson, G. (2007) Practitioner Perspectives on the use of Technology in Fieldwork Teaching. Journal Geography in Higher Education 31, (2) 319–330, 2007

Maher, E., Harvey, A., and France, D. (2007) Impact of a major Quaternary river capture on the Alluvial sediments of a beheaded river system, the Rio Alias, S.E. Spain. Geomorphology 84, 344-356,

Ribchester, C., France, D., and Wheeler, A.. (2007) Podcasting: a tool for enhancing assessment feedback. 4th Education in a Changing Environment, University of Salford.

Edmondson, S., France, D., Higgitt, D., and & Ratinen, I. (2006) International Perspectives on the Effectiveness of Geography Fieldwork for Learning. Journal Geography in Higher Education, 30, 1, 89-102,

 

 

 

National and international conferences and colloquia: keynote and invited paper presentations (presented by Derek France or highlighted by *)

“The camera never lies: Using digital technology to enhance field teaching” at UGI, Santiago, Chile, 14-18 November 2011 (with Ian Fuller* Martin Brook & Kat Holt),

“Challenges and Future of Fieldwork” Keynote at the GEES Subject Centre Fieldwork Event, Southampton Solent University, November 4th 2011

“What being an NTF means to me” Invited Briefing Event for 2010 National Teaching Fellows, DoubleTree by Hilton, London, October 5th 2011

“Developing evidence –informed approaches to technology-enhanced learning and teaching.” Keynote National Centre for Teaching & Learning, Massey University, New Zealand, September 2011

“Simulating an Emergency Response Scenario using a Web 2.0 technology,” Institute of Natural Resources, Massey University, New Zealand, August 2011, (with Servel Miller)

“Use of Digital Video to Enhance Field Teaching” Department of Geography, National University of Singapore, Singapore, September 2011, (with Ian Fuller)

“Using technology in fieldwork: practitioner’s perspectives and experiences. RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, London, September 2011 (with Katharine Welsh,* Julian Park and Brian Whalley)


“Flexible Personal Learning Environments developed with Netbook computers, to enhance learning in fieldwork spaces.” The PLE conference 2011, Southampton, July 1st – 3rd (Whalley, Brian*, Park, Julian, Welsh, Katharine, and Favis-Mortlock, David)


“PLEASE: Enhancing Fieldwork Learning.” Effective Learning in the Biosciences 2011, Edinburgh, June 30th – July 1st (with Park, Julian,* Whalley, Brian., and Welsh, Katharine.)

“Enhancing Fieldwork Learning” Poster presentation at NTF Symposium, Leicester, May 10th 2011 (with Park, Julian., Whalley, Brian., and Welsh, Katharine.)


“Simulating an Emergency Response Scenario using YAMMER a Web 2.0 technology,” at Association of American Geographers (AAG) conference, Seattle, April 2011, (with Servel Miller) Also see Tanya Loh blog posting at YAMMER http://blog.yammer.com/blog/2011/04/emergency-preparedness-with-yammer.html


“Research Skills Development in the Undergraduate Geography Curriculum,” at the 1st British Conference for Undergraduate Research, University of Central Lancashire, April 19th -20th (with Helen Walkington)


“The Future of Geography in the Market Place - A round-table discussion,” University of Leeds, March 30th 2011 (with Viv Pointon and Catherine Souch)


“Enhancing student feedback through digital audio technology; an evaluation of staff & student experience” NSS issues for GEES, Manchester, November 2010, (with Kenny Lynch).

“Audio feedback” MELSIG and ASSETT event, October 2010, Sheffield, (with Kenny Lynch)

“The camera never lies” International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, October 2010, Liverpool, (with Ian Fuller, Martin Brook and Kat Holt).

International & National Learning and Teaching Workshop Facilitation

 

“Challenges and Future of Fieldwork” Keynote at the GEES Subject Centre Fieldwork Event, Southampton Solent University, November 4th 2011

“Developing evidence –informed approaches to technology-enhanced learning and teaching.” National Centre for Teaching & Learning, Massey University, New Zealand, September 201

“Fieldwork practicalities and pedagogy: the use of technology enhanced learning and open educational resources (OER)”, a workshop presented at GEES 11: Teaching and Learning for GEES Students, 30th June - 1st July 2011, Macdonald Burlington Hotel, Birmingham (with Sanders, M., Stokes, A., and Welsh, K)

"iwalk of Chester," GEES Subject Centre Early Career Lecturers Workshop, 23rd May 2011 (with Ruth Healey)

“Writing Successfully for Learning and Teaching journals,” Association of American Geographers (AAG) conference, Seattle, April 2011, (with Bob Bednarz)

"Enhancing Fieldwork Learnin" workshop presented at Association of American Geographers (AAG) conference, Seattle, April 2011.

"Writing Successfully for Learning and Teaching journals," RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, London. September 2010, (with Pauline Kneale)

“iwalk – Using ‘i’ technologies around Plymouth”, GEES Subject Centre 10th Anniversary Conference - GEES Learning and Teaching to 2020, University of Plymouth, July 2010. (with K. Lynch)

“New Technologies” GEES Subject Centre Early Career Lecturers Workshop, University of Plymouth, July 2010

“Technological Enhanced Learning” Keynote at the launch of Learning and Teaching Seminar Series, Southampton Solent University, June 2010

“Transitions and Thresholds Thunderstorm session”, at the 8th Annual Staff Conference 'Transitions and Thresholds in Higher Education’. University of Chester, May 2010. (with Newton, J., Ribchester, C., Beattie, C., Dutton, K., Gartside, B., and Gidman, J.)

“Bringing Digital Stories into Assessment” GEES Subject Centre Annual Conference, June 2009, Manchester (with K. Wakefield)

“Engaging new students before induction using online social networking”” a workshop at the 7th Annual Staff Conference entitled 'Research, Scholarship and Knowledge Transfer: Enhancing the Student Experience'. University of Chester, May 2009. (with C. Ribchester and K. Wakefield)

“Bringing digital technologies into assessment”” a workshop at the 7th Annual Staff Conference entitled 'Research, Scholarship and Knowledge Transfer: Enhancing the Student Experience'. University of Chester, May 2009. (with C. Ribchester and K. Wakefield)

“Podcasting for Learning in Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences” Residential Workshop for newly appointed and aspiring Lectures Workshop. GEES National Workshop Series, Birmingham, May 2009

“Developing and Integrating E-Learning into the Curriculum” A GEES Professional development workshop, Scottish and Maritime Sciences, Oban, as part of the GEES Subject Centre National Workshop Series, April 2009.

“Developing and Managing e-learning Materials” A GEES Professional development workshop, Keele University, as part of the GEES Subject Centre National Workshop Series, May 2008.

“Providing assessment feedback through podcasts” a workshop at the 5th Annual Staff Conference entitled Understanding and Shaping the Student Experience. University of Chester, June 2007. (with C. Ribchester)

“E-learning” New and Aspiring Lectures Workshop. GEES Subject Centre National Workshop Series, Birmingham, May 2007

“Fieldwork & Inclusivity” A GEES Professional development workshop, Bath Spa University, as part of the GEES Subject Centre National Workshop Series, January 2007.

“Fieldwork & Methods of Assessment” A GEES Professional development workshop, University of Portsmouth, as part of the GEES Subject Centre National Workshop Series, January 2007.

“Developing and Managing e-Learning activities” A GEES Professional development workshop, Warwickshire College, as part of the GEES Subject Centre National Workshop Series, December 2006

“The E-postcard” a workshop at the 4th Annual Staff Conference entitled E-learning: enhancing learning with technology – future directions. University of Chester, May 2006.

“Fieldwork: Issues of Safety and Liability & Methods of Assessment” A GEES Professional development workshop, Scottish and Maritime Sciences, Oban, as part of the GEES Subject Centre National Workshop Series, December 2005.

“Fieldwork: Methods of Assessment & Planning Overseas Visits” A GEES Professional development workshop, Department of Geography, University of Newcastle, as part of the GEES Subject Centre National Workshop Series, November 2005.