Using Online Discussions to Provide an Authentic Learning Experience for Professional Recordkeepers

Using Online Discussions to Provide an Authentic Learning Experience for Professional Recordkeepers

Karen Anderson (Edith Cowan University, Australia)
Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 10
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-594-8.ch016
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Abstract

Providing authentic learning in a distance education course that leads to a professional qualification is challenging. However, working in a totally online environment on ill-defined problems provides students with opportunities to seek and evaluate their own learning resources and to collaborate with others in their learning. This chapter provides an example of a performative assessment strategy for students in archives and records management studies, requiring them to find on the Internet, analyse and evaluate examples of policy documents and standards, just as they would in the workplace. Student evaluations of the exercise were unanimously positive. Discussions helped to overcome isolation felt by remote students; depth of knowledge gained was improved and students’ reflections developed awareness about learning through the assessment.

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