Creating Authentic Assessment


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Creating Authentic Assessment

Welcome to this mini-course on creating authentic assessment for the classroom. During the portion of this course, you will be learning about the basics of authentic assessment, why it should be used in the classroom, how it improves student performance, and developing a form of authentic assessment for your own classroom. At the end of each unit there will be a reflective journal question for you to reflect upon your thoughts and what you have learned throughout the unit. A journal or notebook is suggested throughout this mini-course for the purpose of journal/reflective writing.

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, the learner will be able to:

1. Understand what authentic assessment is and the benefits of using it in the classroom.

2. Understand the various types of authentic assessment that can be implemented in the clasroom.

3. Understand the step by step process to creating an authenic assessment opportunity.

4. Evaluate their own student assessment and design a new assessment opportunity incorporating the basics of authentic assessment.


Everyone taking this mini-course on authentic assessment should previously have:

  • A basic understanding of using assessment in the classroom.
  • Some form of teaching or classroom experience - whether it be classroom observation, student teaching, or teaching.
  • A willingness to open your mind and create new and authentic learning opportunities for your students.

Unit 1: What is Authentic Assessment?

Unit 2: Types of Authentic Assessment

Unit 3: Steps to Creating Authentic Assessment

Unit 4: Evaluating and Revising Assessment

Final Reflection

Authentic Assessment Resources