Authentic learning is appealing as a pedagogical approach on at least four counts:
– It situates knowledge in realistic contexts, thereby contextualizing knowledge, and making it less likely to remain ‘inert’ when needed to solve problems;
– Realistic tasks cognitively challenge learners to solve problems and think in the same ways as professionals working in real world contexts;
– Technology-based cognitive tools can be used both in the processes and products of learning;
– Complex tasks require the creation of real products and artifacts, and are more worthy of the investment of time and effort in higher education than decontextualised exercises and tasks.
– The creation of genuine shareable products ensures that authentic learning is in a position to capitalize on the participatory culture afforded by social media.