Evaluation Methods: Learner Perceptions of Authentic Assessment Practices
Sharon Bratt, Grant MacEwan College, Canada ; Janet McCracken, Simon Fraser University, Canada
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Honolulu, HI, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-73-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
Authentic assessment (also known as performance-based assessment) is an approach to evaluation which replicates the challenges and performance standards typically encountered by practitioners in the field. Typically, authentic assessments are designed to elicit and strengthen learners’ critical-thinking skills, problem-solving strategies, self-evaluation skills, and other higher-order thinking skills. However, if the learner does not believe that the task is an authentic replication of the requirements of their future profession then we cannot genuinely claim that they are benefiting from the enhanced learning outcomes which authentic assessment promotes. This study examines the authenticity of a project-based evaluation method used in an undergraduate educational technology course using the Perception Questionnaire.
Bratt, S. & McCracken, J. (2009). Evaluation Methods: Learner Perceptions of Authentic Assessment Practices. In G. Siemens & C. Fulford (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2009--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 2095-2103). Honolulu, HI, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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