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Moving to more authentic assessments

Presented in partnership with Student Learning Assessment

Friday, April 26 | 10:30 a.m. - noon | Via Zoom

A growing body of evidence shows that assessment practices and processes can have a substantial positive or negative impact on students and their learning. In this session, two noted contributors to that research, Professors Sally Brown and Kay Sambell, will share approaches for designing and conducting assessments to enhance learning and also prepare students for active citizenship and professional success.

Participants will:  
  • Review how authentic assignments can be systematically and efficiently designed to foster student engagement, belonging and commitment;  
  • Consider how assessment activities can be changed incrementally to improve the quality of learning opportunities;  
  • Examine a practical six-stage approach to designing assessment activities; and 
  • Reflect on how these kinds of approaches can be implemented at a local level in your contexts.


We use the information about instructional role below to better understand our audience.

"Academic staff instructor" includes adjunct professor/instructor, instructional administrator, instructor, lecturer, professor of practice, teaching faculty, teaching professor, and teaching specialist.
"Clinical faculty/instructional staff" includes clinical adjunct professor, clinical instructor, and clinical professor.