Preparing students for professional practice: creating an authentic learning environment to facilitate real-world learning

Fleischmann, Katja (2012) Preparing students for professional practice: creating an authentic learning environment to facilitate real-world learning. In: Proceedings of Global Learn, pp. 147-151. From: Global Learn 2012: Global Conference on Learning and Technology, 26-28 November 2012, USA.

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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.

Item ID: 23763
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Keywords: multidisciplinary collaboration, undergraduate design education, POOL Model framework
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2013 04:04
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 50%
12 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 1203 Design Practice and Management > 120304 Digital and Interaction Design @ 50%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9303 Curriculum > 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development @ 100%
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