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The digital handshake: A group contract for authentic elearning in higher education

Hesterman, S.ORCID: 0000-0001-7491-5527 (2016) The digital handshake: A group contract for authentic elearning in higher education. Journal of University Teaching & Learning Practice, 13 (3). Article 6.

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An emerging challenge for the Australian higher education sector is the delivery of authentic eLearning to support the collaborative construction of knowledge through the provision of real-life tasks in an online environment. This paper describes research conducted in a fourth-year university course where students from across the nation were required to work in small groups to complete an online assignment task: to design a provocation that could be integrated into an early childhood learning environment to promote multiliteracies learning. A qualitative design-based study of two cohorts of students found that online group work facilitates authentic connections between educational theory and practice, and that the introduction of a ‘digital handshake’ group contract can support these processes.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Education
Publisher: University of Wollongong
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