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Developing Authentic e-Learning through Virtual Benchmarking
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, Central Ostrobothnia University of Applied Sciences, Finland ; , Häme University of Applied Sciences, Finland ; , Murdoch University, Australia

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Honolulu, HI, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-73-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Abstract

The implementation of authentic learning elements in 12 universities of applied sciences online courses is examined in this paper. The Virtual Benchmarking Project conducted at the Finnish Virtual University of Applied Sciences in 2008 used the elements of authentic learning developed by Herrington and Oliver (2000) as criteria to evaluate authenticity. Fourteen teachers in six benchmarking pairs applied these elements to compare practices and identify development challenges in their online teaching. The study results indicate the elements are implemented evenly in the examined data. Strongly realised elements were authentic context and tasks, while collaborative construction of knowledge, reflection, articulation and authentic assessment were implemented more weakly. Development challenges were identified, such as, increasing working life contacts and peer guidance, and the need for cross-collaboration of learners at various levels of expertise.

Citation

Leppisaari, I., Vainio, L. & Herrington, J. (2009). Developing Authentic e-Learning through Virtual Benchmarking. In G. Siemens & C. Fulford (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2009--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 2609-2618). Honolulu, HI, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved December 10, 2019 from .

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