eBay: An Authentic Learning Object

By Kirsty Young.

Published by The Learner Collection

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The Internet has evolved to its current form as a result of user-generated content and interactivity and this phenomenon must be more widely recognised in formal education. This paper proposes that popular websites which are reflective of how society uses the Internet on a daily basis should provide the context for authentic and engaging online learning experiences. This position is established through the integration of three socio-cultural views of learning: Situated Cognition, Distributed Cognition and Activity Theory. The integration of these three theories enables evaluation of the Internet as a mediating tool of authentic activity which is socially constructed and bound. The popular online auction site eBay is used to demonstrate the ideas raised throughout this paper.

Keywords: Internet, Authentic Learning, School Education, Online Shopping, Situated Cognition, Distributed Cognition, Activity Theory

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp.185-194. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 597.005KB).

Dr. Kirsty Young

Lecturer, Faculty of Education, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Dr. Young is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Technology, Sydney. Dr. Young teaches a range of educational practice and research methodology subjects. Dr. Young primarily conducts research in the area of authentic Internet-mediated learning. She has a particular interest in multimodal analysis and the effects of new media on communication and the English language.

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