Using IT to Augment Authentic Learning

Using IT to Augment Authentic Learning

Sandra Jones (RMIT University, Australia)
Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 10
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-594-8.ch013
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Abstract

This chapter discusses how information technology (IT) can be used to augment the authenticity of the learning experience in student-centred learning environments. It argues that technology provides the opportunity to embed students in learning activity by bridging the gap between the “real world” and the classroom. The particular learning environment used to illustrate this is a restaurant complex with a number of outlets that was designed by the author to provide a common work environment. Using the Distributed Learning System (DLS) to which all students have access, the author was able to increase the authenticity of the “case” by first, having students access information (as employees and/or lessees’) about the commercial conditions facing the company, and its policies and practices). Second, “employees” were able to communicate through discussion boards. Third, students were able to access resources through hyperlinks to external Web sites. The author concludes that there is need for a mixture of face-to-face and virtual learning opportunities in order to add real-world authenticity to experiential learning opportunities.

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