These approaches to learning incorporate activities that promote learning within an authentic context and culture or community. It is especially relevant for courses that lead to particular professional qualifications.
Problem, project or inquiry-based learning fit well into situated learning contexts. The learning experience attempts to replicate what it feels like to deal with authentic real-life tasks. For example, online courses can offer students an opportunity to experience what it’s like to work across distributed global teams within their chosen profession.
Distance learning students can integrate their studies into their work situation, and may use project assignments to investigate real issues in their own workplace.
Nottingham Trent University1 helped students to develop digital confidence through authentic tasks for campus-based students using online activities.
The University of Liverpool2 integrated digital literacy with enquiry-based learning. Their case study shows an interesting collaboration between an academic team and library service.
- 1 Developing digital confidence through authentic tasks - http://digitalstudent.jiscinvolve.org/wp/files/2015/01/DS02-Developing-d...
- 2 Integrating digital literacy with enquiry-based learning - http://digitalstudent.jiscinvolve.org/wp/files/2015/01/DS23-Integrating-...