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Infusing Authentic Learning into Online Courses: a Case of Online Introduction to Sociology

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Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia Volume 27, Number 3, ISSN 1055-8896 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA


One of the challenges in higher education courses is to improve learning authenticity or reducing the gap between what being taught at school and what being used in the real world. In this paper, we describe a 6-step model to employ learning authenticity in online courses. Our model infuses characteristics of authentic learning with Madeline Hunter’s Lesson Planning Model. We implemented the new model in an online Introduction to Sociology course, and received positive feedback from the students after implementation.


Vo, N., Brodsky, A., Wilks, M., Goodner, J. & Christopher, K. (2018). Infusing Authentic Learning into Online Courses: a Case of Online Introduction to Sociology. Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, 27(3), 391-409. Waynesville, NC USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved March 19, 2019 from .

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