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Innovating and evaluating authentic learning: Applying design based research

Herrington, J.ORCID: 0000-0002-9960-4677 (2010) Innovating and evaluating authentic learning: Applying design based research. In: ITE Teachers Conference 2010, 31 August - 1 September 2010, College West, Singapore.


Although authentic approaches are found more and more in e-learning environments in higher education as course management systems become more flexible, many teachers are still uncertain about how to design authentic learning environments. With advances in technology, there is increased potential for authentic tasks to be used as a basis for learning in both face-to-face and web-based courses, but high end technology and life like graphics are not necessary for such tasks to be truly engaging. Whereas traditionally, real life examples 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 or tasks. In this workshop, a description of the characteristics of design-based research are given, together with examples, and an argument for the more widespread adoption of this approach. Participants will learn about the theory, research, and development initiatives that provide the foundations for authentic learning and design-based research, design complex and sustained tasks for online learning, and explore the means to evaluate and research the effectiveness of their learning innovations.

Item Type: Conference Item
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Education
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Notes: Workshop for the institute of Technical Education Teachers' Conference: Harnessing system capability, advancing learning-to-be 1 September 2010
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