University of Colorado Boulder
ADVANCEing FieldSafety: Changing the Culture of Fieldwork
University of Colorado Boulder

ADVANCEing FieldSafety: Changing the Culture of Fieldwork


Gain insight into a topic and learn the fundamentals

Erika Marin-Spiotta
Mariama Dryák-Vallies
Blair Schneider

Instructors: Erika Marin-Spiotta

Beginner level

Recommended experience

9 hours to complete
3 weeks at 3 hours a week
Flexible schedule
Learn at your own pace

What you'll learn

  • Improve team culture and interpersonal communication and foster shared experiences, resources, and cultural knowledge.

  • Establish mutually acceptable guidelines, norms and standards for the fieldwork, including codes of conduct.

  • Establish formal and informal support programs and safe reporting procedures for field teams.

  • Implement field safety protocols, fieldwork hazards and emergency response planning in field campaigns.

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July 2024


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Taught in English

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There are 3 modules in this course

During Week 1, we will discuss the course introduction and the content from Modules 1 and 2. The course introduction will discuss the outline and format of the course. We will also introduce our course instructors. Module 1 covers evaluating and preparing for hazards in field environments. Module 2 covers the fundamentals of communication tools, such as leadership roles, decision-making styles, and briefing/debriefing techniques.

What's included

14 videos11 readings2 assignments1 discussion prompt

During Week 2, we will discuss the content from Modules 3, 4 and 5. Module 3 covers codes of conduct. Module 4 covers responding to and maintaining safe, inclusive, and positive spaces. Module 5 covers inclusive mentoring.

What's included

17 videos9 readings3 assignments1 discussion prompt

During Week 3, we will discuss the content from Modules 6 and 7. Module 6 covers keeping diverse field teams safe. Module 7 covers cultural inclusivity. The Course Summary will summarize the course content and the next steps to take after completing the course.

What's included

13 videos8 readings2 assignments1 peer review1 discussion prompt


Erika Marin-Spiotta
University of Colorado Boulder
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