elearning space focuses on authentic learning principles. “Authentic learning typically focuses on real-world, complex problems and their solutions, using role-playing exercises, problem-based activities, case studies, and participation in virtual communities of practice.”  Authentic learning attempts to make connections for the student between the newly learned content and past experiences that have happened in their real life. This supports learning because as a student connects the newly learned knowledge to a real-life experience, this new knowledge is more likely to be remembered.
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