En un trabajo publicado en el Journal of Learning Design por Oliver, et al, se señala
"Authentic learning settings are increasingly being explored by teachers as a means to create meaningful contexts for learning which support higher-order learning and students’ abilities to apply learning outcomes in settings beyond the classroom. In many cases the authentic learning settings involve quite complex and detailed learning activities often facilitated through some form of computer and technology application. In such settings, an important component of the learning environment is the presence of some form of collaborative or social learning which often involves the establishing and sustaining of a learning community.Se enfatiza que existen varias formas de representar una actividad de "aprendizaje auténtico", y es necesario tomar en consideración los pasos de un diseño instruccional para obtner el resultado deseado.
When the learning designs for authentic learning are discussed, the discussion usually entails high-level descriptions of the general features of the learning settings. The purpose of the representation is usually to provide others with a sense of the general forms of learner and teacher activity so that the scope and nature of the potential learning can be appreciated.
The high-level representation of the learning design, while providing an understanding of the scope and nature of the learning may be insufficient for teachers who may wish to implement such a learning design."