Michael Strawser explains how authentic assessments allow students to apply their knowledge and skills in meaningful ways.
Real-World Application and Impact of Authentic Assessments
🔵 Well-designed authentic assignments can position students to have a real impact and increase their learning in terms of knowledge, effect, and behavior.
🔵 Transformative assessment involves using assessment results to make changes to teaching methods and course content, ultimately improving student learning.
🔵 Authentic assessments are characterized by a meaningful connection between the grade and project participation, going beyond just the grade on a report card.
🔵 Applying course concepts to real-world scenarios and analyzing Big Data can enhance students’ learning experience and develop authentic skills.
🔵 Authentic assessments can measure higher order creative thinking and problem-solving challenges, providing a holistic view of students’ abilities.
🔵 Authentic assessment focuses on real-life tasks and application, while traditional assessment relies more on recall and recognition.
🔵 Authentic assessments, such as analyzing the impact of public policy from different perspectives, provide students with opportunities to apply their skills in real-world scenarios.
Student Empowerment and Agency in Authentic Assessments
🟣 Authentic assessments in student learning allow educators to measure progress and ensure that goals are being achieved.
🟣 Student agency plays a crucial role in authentic assessments, as students are empowered to make decisions about what information and skills are relevant and how they should be used.
🟣 Instructors play a crucial role in authentic assessments by providing consistent feedback and tailored support to help students learn and apply skills effectively.