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Resources for Authentic Assessment

In The Case for Authentic Assessment, Wiggins noted that authentic assessments provide opportunities for students to apply acquired knowledge, instead of selecting or writing responses to test questions. Through authentic assessment, students can demonstrate mastery of concepts through the application of knowledge. The School of Education at The University of Wisconsin-Stout offers authentic assessment resources for teachers. The site presents information regarding performance assessment, rubrics, negotiable contracting, and electronic portfolios, as well as web-based tools that can be used to create assessments.

In looking for resources to be adapted for use in my online classes, I found rubrics created by Joan Vandervelde of UW-Stout to be used for the assessment of e-portfolios, online discussions, student blogs, wikis, and the use of Twitter for instructional assigments.

Another resource contains a complete description of peer assessment and team assignments. The article presents issues to be considered when implementing peer assessments, considerations for team grading, and tips from teachers who have implemented peer assessments and team assignments in their classes. This information could be applied to the planning of collaborative assignments that can be assessed in a way that is fair to all students.

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