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Authentic Design and Collaboration: Involving University Faculty as Clients in Project-Based Learning Technology Design Courses: Jennifer Meta Robinson, Alyssa Friend Wise, and Thomas M. Duffy

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Two of the primary challenges addressed by other chapters in this book are how to support multidisciplinary collaborative teams (e.g., Chapters 3 and 7) and how to provide authentic design opportunities for students in the context of a learning technology design (LTD) course (e.g., Chapters 4 and 9). We see these issues as inherently interconnected in the preparation of LTD students for future professional roles: After all, working in a multidisciplinary team to address a real design need is the context of future work for most LTD students. In such situations, it is the presence of real clients with authentic needs that drives the design process and provides the motivation for design teams to collaborate and leverage their members’ respective expertise to meet these needs.