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Electronic Field Trips

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    Teaching History to the Next Generation  Lisa L. Heuvel, Ed.D. '11 was featured in the Russian Museum Journal for February, 2015 in her examination of the Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trips Program.  Photo courtesy of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
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Lisa L. Heuvel, Ed.D. ’11 is Manager of Program Development Initiatives for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s Education Outreach department overseeing the research, development, and production of K–adult education programs and products. Dr. Heuvel was primary researcher for the Next Generation Electronic Field Trips project leading to HERO, Colonial Williamsburg’s subscription-based online resource library for teachers and educators worldwide.

That research was published in the Russian Museum Journal for February 2015. More information about this article and the Electronic  Field Trip Series' 20th anniversary is scheduled for publication in The Colonial Williamsburg Journal this fall.

Dr. Heuvel said, “My research continued an earlier study of these virtual field trips by Jeremy Stoddard, and survey research I conducted as a doctoral student with Jeremy as my advisor.  It has been rewarding to see these connections build!”

Approximately nine million people are virtual visitors to the Colonial Williamsburg websites, and More schools and home schools are taking advantage of virtual resources such as HERO. This type of access provides teachers and students with high-quality educational resources that link the present with the past. As the second oldest university in the United States, William & Mary figures prominently into this historic timeline.