Applied learning in online spaces: Traditional pedagogies informing educational design for today’s learners.
Jillian Downing, University of Tasmania ; Jan Herrington, Murdoch University
ASCILITE - Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Annual Conference, ISBN 978-1-74138-403-1 Publisher: Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education
The challenge to provide engaging, effective learning environments for university students is perhaps greater now than ever before. While the ‘anytime, anywhere’ online learning environment appeals, students also need a learning environment that encourages and retains their engagement. A new teacher-education program with an explicit focus on applied learning commenced at the University of Tasmania in 2011. The fully online course aims to provide an authentic, engaging environment for the students, who are primarily mature -aged, in-service teachers in TAFE colleges. This paper describes the applied learning design principles created to guide the course development and delivery, and the initial findings of a doctoral study being undertaken to examine their effectiveness. The research aims to provide a set of tested design principles to encourage and support an applied learning approach in online teacher-education courses, and more broadly in higher education.
Downing, J. & Herrington, J. (2013). Applied learning in online spaces: Traditional pedagogies informing educational design for today’s learners. In Proceedings of Electric Dreams. Proceedings ascilite 2013 Sydney (pp. 236-246). Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education.
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