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26th Annual Research Forum: Educational Possibilities
University of Notre Dame, 1.00 pm to 6.00 pm, Saturday 13 August

Keynote presenter

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Jan Herrington

The possibilities of authentic e-learning

Dr Jan Herrington, Professor of Education, Murdoch University, Australia
What are the educational possibilities of ICT and authentic learning? A thought-provoking lecture on the educational possibilities of recent developments in ICT that will be useful for teacher educators, those working in schools, and those in fields that use ICT for student learning.
Teachers have long been aware of the need to connect pedagogical approaches to the real world, but they are often discouraged by a perceived need to create real learning opportunities (such as practical experience, industry projects, excursions, field trips, etc.) with all the attendant practical logistics, restrictions and constraints. This presentation will explore the educational possibilities of authentic learning in forms that can occur within classrooms and on-campus using ICT. Based on recent research into authentic learning and tasks, the presentation will contend that real experience is less important than providing opportunities to think and solve complex problems in realistic contexts.

Jan Herrington BA, DipEd, BEd, MEd, PhD is a Professor of Education at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia. The last 20 years of her professional life have been devoted to the promotion and support of the effective use of educational technologies in learning in schools and universities. Jan's current research focuses on authentic learning, mobile learning, and the use of authentic tasks as a central focus for Web based courses.

She has published over 150 refereed journal articles, conference papers and chapters, and several books including a co-edited book entitled Authentic learning in higher education (with Anthony Herrington) and a co-authored book in 2010 (with Thomas C. Reeves and Ron Oliver), A guide to authentic e-learning, winner of the Association for Educational Communication and Technology (AECT) Outstanding Book of the Year Award. An edited book on pedagogies appropriate to mobile learning entitled New technologies, new pedagogies is also available for download. She was a Fulbright Scholar in 2002 at the University of Georgia, USA, and has won many awards for her research including the AECT award for new researchers. She has recently been appointed Chair of the Executive Committee for the Ed-Media International Conference (2012-2014).

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