Click Here to Access Your Online Course


>> PDI Home > Flex Online Courses > Designing and Creating a Virtual Field Trip


Designing and Creating a Virtual Field Trip K-12/Flex Course


Do you wish you had an unlimited budget for field trips? This online course teaches you how to develop a virtual field trip anywhere in the world based on any content area. Teachers learn how to locate relevant resources and develop an effective virtual field trip. Internet search strategies will be emphasized along with practical approaches to incorporating standards into the development of the virtual field trip. Note: You must have access to PowerPoint software to design your virtual field trip. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units from UC San Diego Extension. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

"I loved this course. The content was extremely useful and I am currently making more VFTs." - Wendy Verrall


Enrollment Options

Register] Course Registration Only $127 (regularly $149)

Register]Course Plus Credit from UC San Diego Extension Only $323


Required Resource Book: This course has a modestly-priced required resource book (available in both new and used versions) that can be purchased through Amazon using the following link. Note that you can begin and participate in your course before the book arrives.

The Extreme Searcher's Internet Handbook: A Guide for the Serious Searcher ” by Randolph Hock

If you are registering for multiple courses, use the following link to access the book list for all PDI courses with direct purchase links through Amazon. PDI Course Resource Book List


Topical Outline / Click here to request a copy of the detailed syllabus

PDI Course Number: 87T02

UCSD Course Number: EDUC41486

Unit One

  • Key Computer and Internet Terms
  • Introduction to Virtual Field Trips
  • A Quick Assessment of Students' Tech Skills
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Test #1

Unit Two

  • Effective Search Strategies
  • Designing an Effective VFT
  • Saving Internet Resources
  • Finding VFTs Online
  • Assignment #2: Article reflection
  • Test #2

Unit Three

  • Boolean Searches
  • Converting a Theme into a Lesson
  • Deciding on Your Theme
  • Assignment #3: Share your expertise
  • Test #3

Unit Four

  • Different Methods for VFT Design
  • Gathering and Saving Resources and Information
  • Standards in the Classroom
  • Test #4

Unit Five

  • Making Connections and Sharing Information
  • Citing Internet Sources
  • Designing a Template and Site Map
  • Test #5

Unit Six

  • Working with Files and Pictures
  • Working with Audio and Video Files
  • A Top Notch VFT
  • Creating Your Virtual Field Trip
  • Assignment #4: Create a virtual field trip
  • Assignment #5: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)