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Online Hunting, Gathering and Sharing – A Return to Experiential Learning in a Digital Age ARTICLE

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IRRODL Volume 19, Number 2, ISSN 1492-3831 Publisher: Athabasca University Press


Learning through a collective experience by taking part in group activities, such as hunting, gathering, and sharing, has always been a natural, “organic,\u201d and “experiential\u201d process where new skills and knowledge, if benefitting the whole group, are accepted, shared, and propagated. Nevertheless, in industrialized societies where specific knowledge and skills are an economical and societal necessity, the learning economy has largely moved to a model where the teachers “harvest\u201d selected knowledge and “put it in a basket\u201d from which students are expected to take from and learn. This learning model has permeated the 21st century digital world, where the main promoted advantage of these new learning environments is still the “individualization of learning,\u201d which can result in a very solitary and isolated endeavor; however, it doesn\u2019t have to be the case. An example of a successful online university course suggests that carefully crafted online instructional design strategies can contribute to a flexible and rich experiential learning environment. Although they might be physically disconnected, it is possible for learners and a teacher to remain closely interconnected, engaged, and accountable for both individual and group success in knowledge “hunting, gathering, and sharing” activities in a digital age.


Petrovic-Dzerdz, M. & Trpanier, A. (2018). Online Hunting, Gathering and Sharing – A Return to Experiential Learning in a Digital Age. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 19(2),. Athabasca University Press. Retrieved October 22, 2018 from .


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