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Assessment: authentic practice is a Course

Assessment: authentic practice

Oct 8 - Oct 22, 2021

$200 Enrol

Full course description

Date and time

Friday 8 October 2021, 2.30 pm to 4.00 pm

Delivery mode

Online – a Zoom link will be provided 24 hours prior to the event


This learning event is right for you if you are keen to grow your knowledge and understanding about authentic assessment and how it might be implemented in your classroom. You might be an experienced teacher who wants to develop your expertise or a new teacher who wants to revisit key content from your pre-service days.


There are many references to authentic assessment in contemporary literature and many of us have slightly hazy ideas about what this means in practice. Learn about the characteristics of authentic assessment, why is it gaining increased attention and how to plan for it in your classroom.

Authentic assessment creates opportunities for students to perform tasks that demonstrate meaningful application of essential knowledge and skills. Capabilities are embedded in authentic assessment tasks, creating opportunities for students to demonstrate their progress against skills such as communication, problem-solving, team-work and self-management.

This learning events supports creating best practice toward the following VRQA standard(s):

  • Curriculum and Student Learning – Student learning outcomes 
  • Curriculum and Student Learning – Monitoring and reporting on students’ performance.  

Key takeaways                 

  • a definition of authentic assessment
  • an overview of the characteristics of authentic assessment
  • understanding of the value of authentic assessment
  • examples of authentic assessment activities.


Presenter information

Aine Maher                       

Aine Maher is an Ambassador for Independent Schools Victoria. She designs and delivers customised professional learning programs in the areas of curriculum, teaching and learning and leadership development. Aine is an accomplished presenter, a skilled communicator and, with expertise and experience in independent schools over many years, highly knowledgeable in her field. A dynamic networker, Aine has participated in a broad range of state and national advisory and representative committees giving her access to contemporary thinking and practice in learning design, organisational culture and leadership.