Learning authentically

I really love this blogpost, which sums up why so much of peer-based learning is great.

Reeves et al (2002) have much to say about the characteristics of authentic learning, including an emphasis on personalised learning that can be achieved through ill structured problem based learning, where meaning is negotiated within collaborative learning environments, and learning can be situated within multiple contexts and perspectives. 

I’ve also noticed that at UTS, much of the assessment is grounded in the real world, from the Design Faculty, to Engineering, to Business, to Health, I’ve seen examples of assessments which are all about combining the learning in the classroom to create a real-world outcome.

I still think we have a way to go with some of these points, but at least we’re getting there, and we’re having the conversation!



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About Georgina Barratt-See

Georgina manages the UTS U:PASS (UTS Peer Assisted Study Success) program, which assists students in 50 first and second year subjects with study sessions run by trained student facilitators. Georgina has 14 years experience in the Higher Education sector with interests in student leadership, mentoring, first year experience, teaching and learning.

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