Preparing Students for Professional Practice: Creating an Authentic Learning Environment to Facilitate Real-World Learning
Katja Fleischmann, James Cook University, Australia
Global Learn, in Online, Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
Abstract: The teaching of subjects such as Interactive Media Design or Web Design in higher education has been mostly focused on single disciplines despite the fact that the intersection of several disciplines including design and information technology is a workplace reality. This may results in students being poorly prepared for the realities of the workplace in particular in regards to working as part of a multidisciplinary team. Recognising these shortcomings an innovative learning and teaching approach–the POOL Model framework–was developed to create an authentic learning environment that facilitates real-world learning. The framework structures learning around multidisciplinary collaborative teamwork and was implemented in the Bachelor of Information Technology and the digital media design major in the Bachelor of New Media Arts. Using online questionnaires the effects on the development of teamwork skills relevant for graduates entering the interactive digital content creation industry have been investigated over a period of two years.
Fleischmann, K. (2012). Preparing Students for Professional Practice: Creating an Authentic Learning Environment to Facilitate Real-World Learning. In Proceedings of Global Learn 2012: Global Conference on Learning and Technology (pp. 147-151). Online,: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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