What are authentic assessments?

If you’ve already heard of authentic assessments, you’ll know the idea is not new. They are one of the most practical methods of course evaluation. Authentic assessments get the students to apply the knowledge they’ve learned throughout the duration of the course, using methods and tools utilised in real world activities. Students must use their judgement to determine what information and skills are relevant to demonstrate they have met learning outcomes.

Why are they important?

Authentic assessments are designed to improve future performance of students. They allow effective and engaging tasks to be designed by staff to provide a more meaningful learning experience for students. It works by creating the opportunity for students to develop and learn life skills by staff embedding real world tasks within their modules.

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