Authentic learning is a pedagogical model based on situated learning theories, which are founded on a constructivist philosophy of learning . It is a process involving the dynamic interactions between the learner, the task and the environment. Authentic tasks that encourage and support student engagement and immersion in a cognitive real environment can facilitate self-directed and independent learning (Herrington, 2006), encourage confidence, and cultivate “portable skills” such as judgement, patience, synthetic ability and flexibility that most learners have difficulty in grasping (Lombardi, 2007).
Authentic learning and authentic tasks
Professor Herrington is one of the leading researchers on authentic learning. Information about her model of authentic learning and elements of authentic tasks can be found on her Authentic Learning website.
The Authentic Task Design website describes 10 elements that can be used as a framework for designing authentic tasks.
The Authentic Assessment Toolbox provides information and resources for assessing authentic learning projects.
Authentic learning resources
- Herrington, Jan – Murdoch staff profile & publications list, Research Gate profile
- Leppisaari, Irja – Research Gate profile
- Lombardi, Marilyn – Duke Uni website
- Mueller, Jon – Research Gate profile
- Oliver, Ron – ECU staff profile, & Research Gate profile
- Parker, Jenni – Murdoch staff profile & publications list, Research Gate profile
- Reeves, Thomas – Evaluate it now Bio
- Teras, Hanna- Murdoch staff profile & Research Gate profile
- Herrington, J., Reeves, T.C., & Oliver, R. (2010). A guide to authentic e-learning. Routledge.
- Herrington, J. (2006). Authentic e-learning in higher education: Design principles for authentic learning environments and tasks. In T. Reeves & S. Yamashita (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2006 (pp. 3164-3173). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
- Lombardi, M. M. (2007). Authentic learning for the 21st Century: An overview. ELI White Papers, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative.
- Phillips, R., McNaught, C., & Kennedy. (2011). Evaluating e-learning. Routledge.
- Splitter, L.J. (2009). Authenticity and Constructionism in education. Studies in Philosophy and Education 28(2), 135-151.