Assessment Integrity: How to Design Authentic Assessment

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Seminar Room 6.30, Level 6, FBE Building, 111 Barry Street, Parkville

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Tessa Brinley

  • Improving Teaching

"Assessment Integrity: How to Design Authentic Assessment"

The promotion of academic integrity is a key priority of university assessment. Authentic assessment provides a valuable way to promote academic integrity as they require that students provide unique responses to assessment questions with a focus on students using and applying knowledge and skills to ‘real life’ settings. This PD opportunity will address considerations necessary for the design of assessments that present students with authentic assessment tasks that promote academic integrity. We will explore the principles of academic integrity, and the characteristics of and exemplars of authentic assessment design. This exploration will cover the foundation for high academic standards and best practice that enrich students’ ability to apply content knowledge, develop discipline-specific skills and generic skills that are transferrable and applicable in a range of context, including the workplace. You will be provided with the guidance to plan and design an authentic assessment task to your subject.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Explore principles of authentic assessment and its alignment to academic integrity
  • Identify authentic assessment tasks that can replace traditional assessment tasks, including high stakes exams
  • Plan and design an authentic assessment task that aligns with your subject learning outcomes


Dr. Valerie Cotronei-Baird is a Senior Lecturer in the WCLA, she works directly with academics across FBE to innovate teaching and assessment practices.  Valerie makes a valuable contribution to experiential learning and authentic assessment practices and has been instrumental in the development and delivery of tutor-training program, professional development programs on teaching, learning, assessment & rubric development, and engaging students in the classroom both online and on campus.

Dr. Andy Wear is a Senior Lecturer in Higher Education at the Williams Centre for Learning Advancement. He has worked in a number of Australian universities both as an academic and leading large-scale teaching and learning transformation projects, with a particular focus on digital and hybrid learning environments. He specialises in learning experience design, assessment design, digital pedagogies, philosophy of education, as well as academic leadership and development. Andy is an experienced facilitator of workshops and training supporting these capabilities.