Learning through Practice

Learning through practice provides a goal-oriented action with meaningful feedback and revision (Laurillard, 2012: 164). Also referred to as ‘learning by doing’, this might involve activities in practical classes or in non-contact time.

Learning through practice can be broadly categorised into analysis, application and simulation.


Learners might be required to present an argument, defend that position and receive feedback. This might be individual or group based. Tools that will help facilitate this include:

  • Blogs
  • Wikis
  • E-portfolios
  • Digital storytelling


Learning technologies can help in providing authentic learning opportunities, engaging with real-world problems, opportunities to learn from practitioners and access to authentic data and information.

  • Blogs
  • E-portfolios
  • Digital storytelling


Role-play simulations require engagement with both authentic resources and processes. Learning technologies can facilitate access to authentic resources (see Learning through Acquisition) and support role-play of processes.

  • Forums
  • Virtual classrooms
    • Big Blue Button
    • Teams

Example 1

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Example 2

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