Document Type

Conference Proceeding


Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia


Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences


School of Communications and Multimedia


This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of: Ireland, K., Tarricone, P., & Luca, J. (2002). Satisfying real client requirements through student-centred coursework. Paper presented at Quality Conversations, Proceedings of the 25th HERDSA Annual Conference, (pp. 354-360) Perth, Western Australia. Available here


This paper outlines a rationale and course design strategy used for creating a course that was student-centred and focused on satisfying the needs of industry clients through project work. The pedagogical underpinnings of the course are based on authentic assessment, which is used to promote motivation and interest of students in a higher education institution. Students were given the opportunity in a multimedia development course to develop real E-commerce business solutions. This is the third evolutionary development of the unit. The design of the unit now reflects contemporary pedagogy, taking into consideration the needs of students and the changing requirements demanded by multimedia-centric ebusiness, as promoted by industry and government. The objectives were to develop a unit that was oriented towards authentic and student centred learning, as well as providing a motivating environment with a high level of interaction from professionals in industry.

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