Experiential Learning and Authentic Assessment

MQF Level: 6

ECTS Value: 2 ECTS

Self Study Hours: 24

Contact Hours: 10

Assessment Hours: 216


Overall Objectives and Outcomes

This module deals with authentic pedagogy. The modern student has the world at his/her fingertips and has access to all the knowledge that is available online. The teacher needs to be relevant, to show the student how he/she can learn from his/her own experiences in the actual physical environment. The highly contextualised setting makes learning meaningful and relevant to the student’s daily life; thus, education is seen to impact the student while motivating him/her to want to learn more. As the student learns in a real-world scenario, assessment should be authentic and in conjunction with his/her experiences.

By the end of this programme, participants should be able to:


a. Create tasks from the curriculum in their respective subject that are authentic in both learning and assessment;

b. Transform traditional tasks to authentic tasks;

c. Conduct tasks that are experiential in nature and ask students to reflect on the outcome of their experience.


a. Define experiential learning and authentic pedagogy;

b. Comprehend the learning cycle and draw out its importance in learning;

c. Implement the main criteria of authentic pedagogy.


a. Interact with students in the learning process within highly contextualised settings;

b. Critically evaluate the traditional approach with the authentic approach;

c. Design classroom settings that are authentic and give students the opportunity to be engaged within a learning community;

d. Analyse the progress of students within an authentic and experiential learning environment;

e. Support students to assess their own learning and that of their peers;

f. Transfer learning from the classroom to the real world and from the real world to the classroom;

g. Illustrate the process of an experiential learning environment;

h. Interact with students to elicit metacognition and open-ended inquiry;

i. Learn how to learn and value authentic learning;

j. Investigate the transfer of learning from the classroom to authentic settings and vice-versa;

k. Use video to film authentic settings;

l. Use apps to give feedback and enhance interaction between the teacher and the students.

Assessment Methods

This module will be assessed through: Experiential activities, peer feedback and forum discussion.

Suggested Readings

Core Reading List
  1. Dewey, J. (1938). Experience and Education. New York: Collier Books
  2. Kolb, D.A. (2015). Experiential Learning: Experience as the Source of Learning and Development. Pearson Education Inc.
  3. Newmann, F,M., Marks, H.M. & Gamoran A. (1996) Authentic Pedagogy and Student Performance. American Journal of Education 104 (4) 280-312.
  4. OECD (2010). The Nature of Learning – Using Research to Inspire Learning. Available at [Accessed 20 Dec 2017]
  5. Pearce S. (2016). Authentic leaning: what, why and how? Available at [Accessed 20 Dec 2017]
  6. Thomas, G. Martin, D., & Pleasants, K. (2011). Using self- and peer-assessment to enhance students’ future-learning in higher education.Journal of University Teaching & Learning Practice, 8(1), 2011. Available at:
  7. Wurdinger, S.D. & Carlson, J.A. (2009). Teaching for Experiential Learning: Five Approaches That Work. R&L Education
Supplementary Reading List
  1. Kearney, S. (2012): Improving engagement: the use of ‘Authentic self-and peer-assessment for learning’ to enhance the student learning experience. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 38(7), 875-891.
  2. Mughal, F., Zafar, A (2011) Experiential learning from a constructivist perspective: Reconceptualizing the Kolbian cycle. International Journal of Learning and Development 1 (2), 27-37
  3. Schwartz, M. Best Practices in Experiential Learning. Ryerson University. [Online] Available at [Accessed 21 Dec 2017].
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