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Authentic online learning: Aligning learner needs, pedagogy and technology

Parker, J., Maor, D.ORCID: 0000-0002-0743-4755 and Herrington, J.ORCID: 0000-0002-9960-4677 (2013) Authentic online learning: Aligning learner needs, pedagogy and technology. Issues in Educational Research, 23 (2). pp. 227-241.

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Over the past few decades there has been a substantial swing among higher education practitioners towards a more constructivist approach to learning. Nevertheless, it is still evident that many instructivist models are widely used in both classroom and online learning environments. A key challenge for educators is linking learner needs, pedagogy and technology in order to construct more interactive, engaging and student-centred environments that promote 21st century skills and encourage self-directed learning. Existing research suggests that the use of real-life tasks supported by new technologies, together with access to the vast array of open educational resources on the Internet, have the potential to improve the quality of online learning. This article describes how an authentic online professional development course for higher education practitioners was designed and implemented using a learning management system (LMS) and an open companion website. It then discusses how the initial iteration of the course was evaluated and provides recommendations for improving the second iteration. Finally it describes how the second iteration was modified and implemented.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Education
Publisher: Institutes for Educational Research
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