Innovative Higher Education

, Volume 38, Issue 4, pp 253–265 | Cite as

Wikis as Platforms for Authentic Assessment



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.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The College of William and MarySchool of EducationWilliamsburgUSA

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