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Social presence and participatory media in authentic learning

Herrington, J., Parker, J. and Boase-Jelinek, D. (2013) Social presence and participatory media in authentic learning. In: Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia (ODLAA) 2013 Distance Education Summit, 4 - 6 February 2013, Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific Hotel, Sydney

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While increasingly large numbers of students are choosing to enrol in distance modes of learning at university, many are poorly supported, left to struggle with mainly text-based resources while their on campus counterparts are well supported with a range of personal and technology-based supports. In this paper, we describe a first year compulsory university unit based on authentic learning pedagogy. The mandatory learning management system (LMS) was enhanced with a range of resources and communication technologies to provide a truly inclusive learning environment for distant students, using social media, open education resources and participatory web-based methods.

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