Designing Effective Assessment
Authentic assessment tasks are those that are relevant and reflect what occurs in the work-place beyond the university environment.
Such 'real' tasks can motivate and stimulate students more than the same material in abstract form. Students appreciate assessment with relevance to real-life, industry and/or vocational interests. Authentic assessments tasks will stimulate intrinsic motivation of students and prepare them for work outside the university.
This doesn't mean that a task must be carried out in an external work setting to be authentic. Using models or simulations that 'mimic' key elements of authentic contexts can help to create an authentic experience.
Authentic assessments are relevant and reflect what the student will do in the 'real world'.