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Authentic Learning and Assessment

eCampusAlberta, Alberta-North, and BCcampus invite you to a 90-minute web conference as part of the 2009 - 2010 Online Professional Learning Series.

When: Tuesday, January 5, 2010, 13:30 PST, 14:30 MST (see your time zone)

Where: Elluminate

Randy LaBonte, PD Coordinator, Alberta-North

Session Facilitators:

Doug Hamilton – Chair, Faculty Development, Centre for Teaching and Educational Technologies (CTET), Royal Roads University
In his capacity as Chair of Faculty Development, Doug works with faculty members to design high-quality programs and courses. He was responsible for leading the design of the university’s highly-successful Instructional Skills Workshop Online – an online course for faculty interested in improving their online facilitation skills. Currently, he is leading inter-institutional collaborative teams in the development of BCcampus-funded courses on Authentic Learning and Assessment in Technology-Enabled Environments as well as Facilitating Learning in Synchronous Environments. He also has a strong interest in the promotion and institutionalization of the scholarship of teaching and learning. Prior to joining CTET, Doug was the Associate Dean of the Organizational Leadership and Learning Division, as well as the Director of the MA in Leadership and Training program and the Director of the MA in Distributed Learning program. His scholarly interests focus on participatory action research, problem-based learning, and technology-enabled learning. He combines a Ph.D in Educational Administration (U. of Toronto, 1991) with over 15 years of experience in educational planning, research and technology.

Sandra Rogers – Instructional Designer, Centre for Teaching and Educational Technologies (CTET), Royal Roads University
Sandra has more than 20 years of experience in higher education, having worked as an instructor, college administrator, course developer and curriculum designer. In her current capacity as an instructional designer at Royal Roads University, Sandra works closely with faculty to develop effective and engaging online learning environments. Her current research interests include social software and web 2.0 technology and their application in university level courses. Sandra holds a BAA in Instructional Media (Ryerson) and a MEd in Information Technology (Memorial).

Session Summary

Why is authentic learning and assessment important in teaching? What are some of the key characteristics of authentic learning that are important for linking teaching to the real-life application of knowledge and skills? What are some helpful strategies for designing authentic and relevant ways to teach and assess learning? These questions underscore the importance of promoting engaging learning in both online and face-to-face environments. In this session, participants will learn about:
  • Characteristics of effective authentic learning and assessment activities;
  • Different ways of making instructional and assessment activities more authentic; and
  • How to apply lessons learned from research and practice to the design and revision of current course and learning activities.
  1. Welcome and Introductions
  2. Activity: Who are we? Why are we here?
  3. Activity: Brainstorm
  4. Activity: Continuum
  5. Activity: Case analysis
  6. Activity: Triage - share your dilemmas
  7. Upcoming events
How to participate:
To join this web conference, enter this Elluminate room up to 30 minutes before the start of the session.

To log in to Elluminate, just type your first and last name, and the initials of the institution where you work (for example Bart Jones UNBC). When you enter the room type your email address in the text chat area or send it to the moderator so we can track who is attending our web conferences.

You'll need an audio set up with a microphone, for example a headset with a microphone, and Internet access. If you have not previously attended an Elluminate Live web conference, please take 5 minutes well before the session to visit and follow the steps for first time users. A small Java applet will request access to your PC the first time you use Elluminate, but only the first time.

We will use the Authentic Learning and Assessment forum to share resources and continue the dialogue.

Last modified: Tuesday, 25 October 2011, 3:31 PM