Using Characters in Online Simulated Environments to Guide Authentic Tasks

Using Characters in Online Simulated Environments to Guide Authentic Tasks

Shirley Agostinho (University of Wollongong, Australia)
Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 8
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-594-8.ch007
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Abstract

The use of characters to present tasks and critical information in a simulated environment has proven to be a useful strategy in the creation of more authentic learning environments online. Such characters can not only perform the role of setting and structuring tasks within the fictitious scenario, but also that of providing useful and realistic guidance. This chapter describes a learning environment designed to create an authentic context for learning evaluation skills and strategies appropriate to technology-based learning settings. The subject in which this approach was adopted was a masters-level course in evaluation of technology-based learning environments. The chapter focuses on the use of a fictitious CEO (chief executive officer) who requests certain evaluation tasks of “employees.” Students are given realistic jobs with realistic parameters, and in this way the subject is dealt with in a much more authentic manner than if presented in a more decontextualised way. The rationale for adopting the approach is described together with a description of how it was implemented and summary findings of an evaluation of the approach.

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Foreword
Thomas C. Reeves
Preface
Anthony Herrington, Jan Herrington
Chapter 1
Anthony Herrington, Jan Herrington
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What is an Authentic Learning Environment?
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Chapter 2
Marilyn Laiken
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Chapter 3
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Chapter 4
Annette Koenders
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An Authentic Online Learning Environment in University Introductory Biology
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Chapter 5
Richard Ladyshewsky, John Ryan
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Chapter 7
Shirley Agostinho
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Chapter 8
Jennifer R. Jamison
This chapter demonstrates how contemporary chiropractic education uses authentic “classroom” learning opportunities to prepare students for the... Sample PDF
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Chapter 9
Cate Jerram
This chapter is a presentation of an adult educator’s experience in teaching computer mediated communication to undergraduate students. An “adult... Sample PDF
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Chapter 10
Sue Bennett
This chapter describes the design of a technology-supported learning environment in which small teams of students worked on authentic project tasks... Sample PDF
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Chapter 11
Brian Ferry, Lisa Kervin, Sarah Puglisi, Brian Cambourne, Jan Turbill, David Jonassen, John Hedberg
Research consistently shows that traditional preservice teacher preparation programs are not adequately preparing beginning teachers for the reality... Sample PDF
Online Classroom Simulation: Using a Virtual Classroom to Support Pre-Service Teacher Thinking
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Chapter 12
John Fitzsimmons
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Chapter 13
Sandra Jones
This chapter discusses how information technology (IT) can be used to augment the authenticity of the learning experience in student-centred... Sample PDF
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Chapter 14
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Chapter 15
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Chapter 16
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Chapter 17
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Chapter 18
Ron Oliver
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Chapter 19
Lynne Hunt
This chapter describes models of work-based learning and outlines key features of the authentic learning pedagogy that informs its application. It... Sample PDF
Authentic Learning at Work
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Chapter 20
Jan Herrington, Ron Oliver
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Chapter 21
Ron Oliver, Anthony Herrington, Sue Stoney, Jim Millar
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