Innovative Higher Education

, Volume 38, Issue 4, pp 253-265

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Wikis as Platforms for Authentic Assessment

  • Pamela L. EddyAffiliated withThe College of William and Mary, School of Education Email author 
  • , April LawrenceAffiliated withThe College of William and Mary, School of Education

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Calls for accountability focus attention on assessment of student learning. Authentic assessment involves evaluating student learning as students perform real world tasks. We present a four-stage conceptual framework for authentic assessment. We argue first that evaluation is a process rather than a static one-time event. Second, authentic assessment involves evaluating experiential learning. Third, multiple evaluators assess student work, including self-assessment or review by a public audience. Finally, authentic assessments offer more learner choice. Wikis, as user-friendly web spaces that support easy web authoring for individuals or for collaborative groups, provide a platform for both student learning and authentic assessment.


Assessment Student learning Technology and teaching Wikis