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Insert 5.2 Sample Rubric and Assignment Authentic Inquiry and Task Collaboration


An authentic assessment is an assignment that reflects a real world task in a given field. Whereas more traditional forms of assessment have typically taken the form of objective tests and teacher constructed writing prompts for student response, authentic assessments replicate those tasks that students might actually be asked to complete within a discipline or field (Mueller, 2010). For example, students in the School of Business might be asked to complete a market analysis and come up with an appropriate marketing campaign for a product while students in the School of Education might be asked to evaluate an educational program and to then offer recommendations for program policy change and implementation. For this assignment, the instructors may select a set of authentic tasks from their field or they might have students generate their own authentic inquiry topic and task. Blackboard will be used as the platform for group work on this authentic assessment. (For more on Authentic Assessments, explore http://jonathan.mueller.faculty.noctrl.edu/toolbox/index.htm).


1. Purpose/objective Students will collaborate to author and produce an authentic product (for example, a co- authored article for a mock scholarly journal, a conference presentation, a co-produced documentary). Students will ● Reflect on authentic tasks and topics from within the selected field. ● Maintain a reflective journal on the group collaboration and inquiry ● Work in groups to generate ideas and methodologies for critical inquiry. ● Share and synthesize relevant readings and research. ● Co-author and ―publish‖ an authentic product (ex. critique, scholarly journal entry, documentary, marketing campaign, meta-analysis, etc).


2. Resources Students will need access to a computer with an internet connection. Instructors will need to build their Blackboard course shell and any required content.


3. Process Students will work in predetermined groups to critically read, explore, and author a product in response to an authentic task from the discipline. Students will use the following Blackboard tools to complete the associated tasks: Group Blogs: Reflective journals Group Discussion Boards: Reading reflection and discussion


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