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Authentic tasks online: Two experiences

Amiel, T. and Herrington, J. (2011) Authentic tasks online: Two experiences. In: Olofsson, A.D. and Lindberg, J.O., (eds.) Informed design of educational technologies in higher education: Enhanced learning and teching. IGI Global, Hershey, PA, pp. 152-165.

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This chapter presents an exploration of the design and methods of two instantiations of authentic learning tasks in online learning environments. The first case employs a service learning orientation involving a distance learning project taught to students in four sites in two countries, while the second case is of a multimedia-based learning environment employing a scenario to engage students in realistic, simulated learning activities. The two approaches are examined through reference to characteristics of authentic tasks. The chapter demonstrates a range of possibilities for the instructor interested in more informed design of technology-based learning environments in higher education, and in particular, the design and creation of authentic learning tasks.

Publication Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Education
Publisher: IGI Global
Copyright: 2012 IGI Global
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