If the goal of the course is to make it possible for students to acquire skills that will enable them to work in a given activity sector or to discover new areas that might guide their career choice, as is often the case in general college-level programs, then learning activities should be offered that initiate them to actual career situations.
What is more, authentic tasks are more likely to arouse student interest, especially when students are alone in dealing with their learning.
Examples of authentic distance activities:
- Team projects in private videoconferencing rooms
- Case studies by means of blogs
- Solving problems by means of a forum
- Listening to online testimonials of career professionals
- Online games and simulations, etc.