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ERIC Number: EJ836686
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Sep
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1042-1726
Designing Authentic Activities in Web-Based Courses
Herrington, Jan; Reeves, Thomas C.; Oliver, Ron; Woo, Younghee
Journal of Computing in Higher Education, v16 n1 p3-29 Sep 2004
Influenced by constructivist educational theory 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, real-world activities have primarily served as vehicles for practice of skills or processes that are taught using traditional instructional methods, a more radical approach is to build a whole course of study around authentic activities and tasks. The authors of this paper argue that the value of authentic activity is not constrained to learning in real-life locations and practice, but that there are critical characteristics of authentic activities that can be incorporated into the design of Web-based courses to enhance learning online. We include a description of the theory, research, and development initiatives that provide the foundations for this approach. Finally, we present guidelines and examples for the design of complex authentic activities for online learning, together with the implications of this approach for teachers, students, and designers.
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Language: English
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