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Facilitating sustainable, long-term enhancement of learning and teaching in WA universities.

Developing Online Experiential Learning through Educational Design Research

Dr. Thomas C. Reeves (Tom) is Professor Emeritus of Learning, Design, and Technology in the College of Education at The University of Georgia. He is a former Fulbright Lecturer in Peru and he has been an invited speaker in the USA and more than 30 other countries. In 2003, he received the AACE Fellowship Award from the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, in 2010 he was made a Fellow of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE).

This presentation will describe how the World Health Organization took an award-winning experiential learning course that takes place on a bus traveling down the “cold chain” for time- and temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical products in Turkey, and moved it online as an award-winning authentic tasks-based experiential learning environment. This conversion involved an international team from Australia, Switzerland, Turkey, the UK, and the USA and the application of design-based research. Similarities and differences in the objectives of the two courses as well as of the learning activities, tools and technologies deployed in these unique experiential learning environments will be illustrated. The presentation concludes with examples of design principles that can be applied to the design of other online experiential learning environments.

Tom's books include: Interactive Learning Systems Evaluation (2003, with John Hedberg), A Guide to Authentic E-Learning (2010, with Jan Herrington and Ron Oliver), Conducting Educational Design Research (2012, with Susan McKenney), and MOOCs and Open Education around the World (2015, with Curt Bonk, Mimi Lee, and Tom Reynolds).

More information about Tom’s work can be found at:

More information about the specific project described in the presentation can be found at:

To register please contact Denyse MacNish at Murodch [email protected]