Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Setting the scene for Authentic Learning

Jan Herrington's Authentic Learning is the subject of this week's #change11 MOOC.
She sets the scene really well with a set of nine videos, breaking down the process into steps:
  • Authentic context
  • Authentic activity
  • Expert performances
  • Multiple perspectives
  • Collaboration
  • Reflection
  • Articulation
  • Coaching and scaffolding
  • Authentic assessment
 This approach is not limited to university level work so it is great for the preparation that we are doing as a school to consider "open approaches to learning" within a secondary school setting.
As an introduction, her video explaining the academic and real settings continuum, explaining this against an authentic task and decontextualised continuum, helps greatly.

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