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Mashing SBL with e-Portfolios

Kristina Hollis has a great post talking about PBL with Moodle and Mahara. Kristina links to an awesome video from Common Craft that explains the value and process of Project Based Learning approach.

At UC I am excited to be working on further SBL developments with Sarah Ailwood and her colleagues in Business, Government & Law. The other day I was talking to a colleague about SBLi, who thought the software was a bit limiting in terms of putting students into an authentic scenario, and that students would be likely to click through to the end. Evidence gathered from evaluations of Sarah's cohort revealed that while there were some students who wanted to meet real people rather than characters in the scenario, on the whole students achieved the learning outcomes that the scenario was designed to help them achieve.

My colleagues comments prompted me to think however, how we could meld the virtual scenario and the real world so that the concerns of the student (wanting real experience) and my colleague (having the student get more value from the scenario) could be overcome. Because of my work with e-portfolios, especially in this case their use in work integrated learning contexts, I thought of how the scenario based learning approach could be combined with the WIL oriented e-Portfolio approaches.

This idea here is that rather than develop a virtual Library with pre-determined embedded documents to download, the scenario instructs the student to visit the real library to find the artefacts, add the artefacts to their portfolio along with how the journey they undertook to get them (or some other reflection) and then return to the scenario for further scenario development/instruction/decision making/etc. Of course any scenario, under this model, will take longer to complete. But it will also be more engaging, take contextualisation of content to higher levels, be more authentic, and result in deeper learning.


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