This is the first in a four-part blog series on authentic learning. We’ll start by defining what authentic learning is and how to design authentic learning experiences. Then, we’ll explore how to incorporate those experiences into existing curriculum. Finally, we’ll discuss how to create meaningful assessments that relate to those experiences. Authentic learning is rapidly gaining popularity. It works at every level of education. It connects what students learn in the classroom to real-world problems they will likely face in their future careers. Authentic learning can include activities such as scenarios, hands-on tasks, and debates. The goal of this approach is to increase student engagement. It gives students a concrete connection to their learning. They can see exactly how the information they’ve gained in the classroom applies to their future. When students see how their learning connects to real life, their learning deepens and they are better equipped to apply it in their work. With the rapid growth of eLearning, the need for authentic learning experiences is more important now than ever. William Horton has written [...]
What is Problem-Based Learning? Problem-based learning (PBL) is a teaching method that immerses students in real-world cases they will likely face in their careers. The goal of PBL is to enhance student learning and better prepare them for the fields of work they are about to enter. PBLs are widely used across subject areas. They are especially gaining popularity in health sciences. Here are a just a few ways PBL can be used in the health sciences: To respond to patient changes that may occur during a surgery To create an action plan when faced with limited information about a patient To evaluate a patient’s provided symptoms To determine how external factors may contribute to a patient’s condition Why PBL PBL works in medical teaching for a myriad of reasons. One of the greatest benefits of this approach is that it immerses students in their learning. It puts students in similar situations that they will face in their careers. When students are immersed in their learning, they are more likely to retain what they’ve learned. PBL [...]
Middle school and high school students are eligible to enter National History Day (NHD).