Assignment 1: The Need for Authentic Activities in an Online Classroom
Newmann and Wehlage (1993) use the word authentic to distinguish between learning that is significant and meaningful and that which is trivial and useless and define the authentic learning. In their definitions, when students achieve authentic learning, students construct meaning and produce knowledge, use disciplined inquiry to construct meaning, and aim their work toward production of discourse, products, and performances that have value or meaning beyond success in school.
The following readings explain the importance of including authentic "hands-on" activities when designing your online learning environment. Create a blog post, video or web describing how using authentic “hands-on” activities can aid to engage students in an online learning environment. Post in your blog by Friday of Week 10.
A few things to think about when creating your post:
Does design for learning work for all students?
How will authentic tasks motivate students in an online environment?
How are authentic tasks in an online environment different from in a face-to-face classroom setting?
What are the advantages of virtual learning environments?
http://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CB0QFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fro.uow.edu.au%2Fcgi%2Fviewcontent.cgi%3Farticle%3D1030%26context%3Dedupapers&ei=Y-78VM74D8WpogTVqICIDg&usg=AFQjCNH18ux9ZbkGUCNvpaTq4Feu0NzfHg&sig2=SjbUF3wygzFxf_CzwH0BFg&bvm=bv.87611401,d.cGUArticle describing the importance of providing learners with authentic tasks in an online learning environment.
Article explaining the importance and necessity of virtual chemistry labs.
Article discussing MOOCs: massive open online courses and the reality based activities that can be developed within them.
Article discussing the value of developing visual constructivist activities to enhance learning for your students.