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Authentic Assessment

What is Authentic Assessment?

Authentic learning activities and assessment techniques involve the use of real-world tasks that a learner can expect to encounter at work, at home, or in other social contexts. They are designed to be as personally meaningful and relevant as possible to help learners practice skills in learning situations that are similar to those in which the skills will actually be used. Authentic learning is supported by a learning outcomes approach, where the activities and assessment are connected directly to the outcomes of the course. 

This Tools for Teaching (T4T) Tipsheet introduces the concepts of authentic learning and authentic assessment and provides you with strategies for incorporating both into your courses.