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ERIC Number: ED479419
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Oct
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
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Designing Authentic Activities in Web-Based Courses.
Herrington, Jan
Influenced by constructivist philosophy and advances in technology, there is increasing interest in authentic activities as a basis for learning in both face-to-face and Web-based courses. Whereas traditionally, 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. This paper presents the case that the value of authentic activity is not constrained to learning in real-life locations and practice, but can be analyzed for the critical characteristics that help to enhance learning in online contexts. It continues with a description of the theory, research, and development initiatives that provide the foundations for this approach. Finally, guidelines for the design of complex authentic activities for online learning and examples are presented, together with the implications of this approach for teachers, students, and designers. (Contains 43 references.) (Author)
Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), P.O. Box 3728, Norfolk, VA 23514. Tel: 757-623-7588; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: Australian Research Council.
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