Authentic learning 15 years on: More happening than hope
Herrington, J. (2010) Authentic learning 15 years on: More happening than hope. In: ASCILITE 2010 Conference: Curriculum, technology & transformation for an unknown future, 5 - 8 December 2010, Sydney, Australia.
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As a pedagogical model, authentic learning has prevailed for over two decades. Reflecting a constructivist philosophy, and strongly informed by situated cognition, it has served as a robust guide to the creation of authentic and innovative learning environments. But where does it stand now in an education environment moving rapidly towards the participatory culture of web enabled communities, and the ‘lifestream’ contexts of personalised dynamic content? This presentation will review authentic learning in relation to mobile learning and a broad range of web affordances and tools, and illustrate how authentic tasks and contexts are more important than ever in a rapidly transforming educational landscape. There will also be discussion on the complex nature of authentic tasks, and how they can be designed to maximise learning opportunities. Finally, the presentation will conclude with discussion of the need for further research and how these environments can be effectively studied.
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