Innovative Higher Education

, Volume 38, Issue 4, pp 253–265

Wikis as Platforms for Authentic Assessment


DOI: 10.1007/s10755-012-9239-7

Cite this article as:
Eddy, P.L. & Lawrence, A. Innov High Educ (2013) 38: 253. doi:10.1007/s10755-012-9239-7


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 

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2012

Authors and Affiliations

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

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