Getting The Job Done: Using Authentic Assessment Techniques In Extra And Co-Curricular Activities (Eccas) To Improve Law Students’ Employability Prospects

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Berger, D. and Wild, Charles 2016. Getting The Job Done: Using Authentic Assessment Techniques In Extra And Co-Curricular Activities (Eccas) To Improve Law Students’ Employability Prospects. in: Proceedings of 23rd ISERD International Conference, Barcelona, Spain International Society for Engineering Research and Development (ISERD). pp. 53-59
AuthorsBerger, D. and Wild, Charles
Abstract

Authentic assessments are closely aligned with activities that take place in real work settings, as distinct from the
often artificial constructs of University courses. While the traditional ‘paper-based’ assessment strategy provides a pragmatic
solution to the problem of a general lack of time and resources to grade students en masse, the authors believe that the use of
authentic assessment techniques, in accredited and University-run extra and co-curricular activities (ECCAs), are perfectly
placed to improve law students’ employability prospects. By delivering authentic assessments methods in ECCAs, a
combination of formative and summative techniques used throughout the assessment processes improves student
performance, which thereby has positive cross-impact into improving critical reasoning, team-working, self-confidence and
public speaking skills – all highly prized by employers in many different disciplines and working environments. By
examining recent employability data, and cross-referencing them with trends in student participation with ECCAs, the
authors demonstrate that authentic assessment improves law students’ employability prospects in a variety of sectors – not
just in law.

KeywordsAuthentic assessment; student employability; legal education; formative assessment
Book titleProceedings of 23rd ISERD International Conference, Barcelona, Spain
Page range53-59
Year2016
PublisherInternational Society for Engineering Research and Development (ISERD)
Publication dates
Print03 Jan 2016
Publication process dates
Deposited26 Jan 2017
Event23rd ISERD International Conference
ISBN978-93-85832-87-1
Web address (URL)http://www.worldresearchlibrary.org/up_proc/pdf/152-145353083553-59.pdf
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