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ERIC Number: EJ1110544
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1449-9789
The Digital Handshake: A Group Contract for Authentic eLearning in Higher Education
Hesterman, Sandra
Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, v13 n3 Article 6 2016
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.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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