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Developing More Authentic e-Courses: Working Life Mentoring through Social Media PROCEEDINGS

, , Central Ostrobothnia University of Applied Sciences, Finland ; , Murdoch University, Australia ; , Central Ostrobothnia University of Applied Sciences, Finland

World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications, in Lisbon, Portugal Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

Affordances of social media have not yet been fully exploited in the promotion of authentic e-learning in higher education. In this paper, we examine the planning and implementation of social media in five e-Learning of the Future project courses and how these changes support authentic learning. A further focus of interest is the role of working life mentors in the process. The outcomes indicate that the introduction of social media measures strongly supported the strengthening of authentic learning principles (Herrington & Oliver, 2000) on the courses. Revisions to learning tasks centred on establishing connections to expert communities, the use of blogs, and compilation of entrepreneurial narratives. Working life mentors brought a work-oriented perspective to the process and highlighted skills required by workplaces of the future. Developing educational tasks that cross traditional boundaries raises issues of operational culture change and the roles of partners, and these implications are discussed in the paper.

Citation

Leppisaari, I., Maunula, M., Herrington, J. & Hohenthal, T. (2011). Developing More Authentic e-Courses: Working Life Mentoring through Social Media. In T. Bastiaens & M. Ebner (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2011 (pp. 1368-1377). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

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