Designing web-based courses with authentic activities
Herrington, J. (2008) Designing web-based courses with authentic activities. In: World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications (EDMEDIA) 2008, 30 June - 4 July 2008, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria.
Influenced by constructivist philosophy and new advances in technology, there is increased interest in authentic activities as a basis for learning in both face-to-face and web-based courses. Whereas traditionally, authentic activities have primarily served as vehicles for practice of skills or processes, a more radical approach is to build a whole course of study around authentic activities and tasks. In this tutorial, participants will learn about the theory, research, and development initiatives that provide the foundations for this innovative approach, design complex and sustained tasks for online learning, and explore the implications of the approach for their own areas of interest. Several case studies will be presented. A ten part model for designing and evaluating web-based courses based upon authentic activities will be presented.
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