Generation of Authentic Learning and Learners: The Conditions of Learning Underpinning Blended Learning and Online Forums

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Fitzsimmons, P., & Kilgour, P. (2017). Generation of authentic learning and learners: The conditions of learning underpinning blended learning and online forums. In M. Northcote & K. P. Gosselin (Eds.), Handbook of research on humanizing the distance learning experience (pp. 78-93). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0968-4

ISBN: 9781522509684


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A study of 100 pre-service teacher’s attitudes to self-managed online forums on pastoral care of students in schools was undertaken. This assessment activity involved the students in contributing to forums under the leadership of one of their group, whose responsibility it was to guide the discussion and then mark the members of their online group. After an initial reticence to engage in the task, students reported their satisfaction at managing their own learning and having input into the actual assessment process. This paper recommends that more possibilities for self-managed learning be made available to tertiary learners.


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