Authentic Assessment Coffee Course

The next Coffee Course is coming soon!

In this exciting coffee course, get ready to be challenged about established wisdom on assessment!  Enter the world of wicked problems, ill-defined tasks and complex projects requiring collaboration.... 

We will be looking at the latest ideas about what is meant by "authentic assessment," why it is being adopted by many teaching academics, some key design features, some case examples and critiques, and also a "big picture" look at the future of assessment in Higher Education.


  • Day 1 - What is authentic assessment and why do it?
  • Day 2 - Principles of authentic assessment
  • Day 3 - Designing assessment that is authentic
  • Day 4 - Case studies and examples of authentic assessment
  • Day 5 - Statistics, walls and neo-liberal agendas - the wider issues 

Course Dates

Monday, 29 April Friday, 3 May 2019 

There will be 5 blog posts, one per day, that will take about 15-20 minutes to work through. 

All are welcome

We welcome all staff, including tutors, demonstrators, professional staff, and academics at the Australian National University and beyond to join us for this course. To participate, simply subscribe to the blogsite by entering your email.

How to participate

The entire course will be conducted online, at your own pace through the blog. We encourage you to make a cup of coffee or tea and work through the material. Each post includes an activity or discussion question for you to respond to in the comment section of the blog.

Step 1: So that you can participate each day, be sure to subscribe to the blog (scroll down to the bottom, enter your email address and click on the red Subscribe button). If you use an RSS reader you can subscribe to the blog feed as well. You'll receive an email each time a new post is made, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Step 2: ANU staff can register via Horus to gain recognition for their professional learning (use the code AOC024 or search for course titled "Authentic Assessment" in the Training Catalogue). Complete activities by commenting on every post in the course, responding to the questions or replying to another post.


Jill Lyall has a background in social sciences, community services, and adult education.  Jill has worked for many years in Vocational Education and Training in a TAFE environment in Western Australia.  During that time she developed an interest in technology for learning, and developed her skills for online learning. Since early 2015, Jill has been working on a range of projects with ANU Online, helping to create online materials for post-graduate courses and creating support and training resources in technology enhanced learning for academics at ANU.

Mandy Tutalo joined ANU in 2017 and moved to ANU Online in 2018 as Education Support Officer. Having spent a few decades working in education including ten years as a classroom teacher in the ACT, she is passionate about education, teaching and learning. 


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