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PD Playlist: Authentic Assessment 

To help anyone interested in learning about Authentic Assessment, TCDC has compiled another “PD Playlist.” We’ve arranged the resources from “sound bite” to “radio play” to “extended dance mix” and “full LP.” Some options will take just a few minutes of your time while others will require a longer commitment.   

Visit the TCDC site, to view the entire catalogue of PD Playlists. 

August PD Playlist 

Sound Bites <10 minutes  

My Thoughts on Grant Wiggins’ “27 Characteristics of Authentic Assessment” (chapter | 00:06:00) 

The author breaks down Grant Wiggins’ 2020 article “27 Characteristics of Authentic Assessment”. This short chapter is a great way to gain an in-depth understanding of what authentic assessments are made of. 

Renewable assignments: Student work adding value to the world  (article | 00:08:00) 

Based on the work of David Wiley, the article by Christina Hendricks brings a clear overview of authentic and renewable assignments while providing a strong rationale for the implementation of this type of assessment. The author shares good examples that are applicable in various disciplines as well as an extensive list of further readings. 

Radio Play<20 minutes   

Alternative Assessments For an Online Learning Environment (online module | 00:15:00) 

This online module is full of great examples of authentic assessments that can be adapted in a variety of disciplines and course delivery modes. 

Extended Dance Mix <60 minutes 

Authentic Assessment Strategies: Assessing Learning that Empowers Your Students (podcast| 00:20:19) 

Experts take turns talking about their experiences with Authentic Assessments and share perspectives on how this type of assessment motivates and empowers students and transform their learning. 

Alternative Assessment Institute 2022: Dr Maha Bali (conference keynote| 00:59:07)

Dr Maha Bali invites us to think of assessments as a way of creating more inclusive learning environments, promoting care, and nurturing community. In this presentation, she discusses why, gives examples of how, and encourages us to imagine alternative assessments for our own context. 

Full LP >1 hour  

Engaging Gen Z Learners: Assignments & Activities For Authentic Learning (webinar | 01:00:39) 

In this webinar, Dr Jean Mandernach walks us through several examples of authentic – individual and group – activities and assignments that effectively assess learning and boost student engagement. 

Rethinking Assessment Strategies for Online Learning – Simple Book Publishing (ebook | 02:00:00) 

The authors take us on the journey of rethinking our assessments and planning for more authentic and relatable assignments. The book is packed with great strategies on authentic assessments, alternative assignments, and feedback that can be implemented in any discipline or course delivery mode.  

Live Concert 

TCDC is hosting several in-person events on this topic this Fall.  

Designing Assessments in the Age of Artificial Intelligence 

When: August 9 @ 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM PDT
For more information, please visit the AI events page. (waitlist only)

Nurturing Integrity: Unpacking the Educator’s Role 

When: September 22 @ 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM PDT
For more information and to register, please visit the Nurturing Integrity events page.

Rethinking How We Assess Learning 

When: October 5 @ 2:30 AM – 4:00 PM PDT
For more information and to register, please visit the Rethinking How We Assess Learning events page.

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