Authentic Learning Activities: Examples & Concept Video

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  • 0:00 Authentic Learning Activities
  • 1:04 Examples
  • 1:41 Basic Tenets
  • 3:53 The Value
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Instructor: Jade Mazarin

Jade is a board certified Christian counselor with an MA in Marriage and Family Therapy, and a certification in Natural Health. She is also a freelance writer on emotional health and spirituality.

In this lesson, we will see how authentic learning activities take class material into the real world, what some examples of these activities are, and why they are so valuable to students.

Authentic Learning Activities

Do you remember taking a class and trying to learn all the information just to pass the test? You didn't see how that material could be applicable to your own life, so your level of interest in it wasn't too deep, and the whole reason for studying was to get a good grade. Or do you remember ever thinking classes were boring and uneventful? A large number of students feel that schoolwork is uninteresting and has little, if any, relevance to their lives.

While this perspective is very common, it is also the very reason for authentic learning to come into the picture. You see, educators noticed the gap between what students learn in class and its application to their lives. They also knew that because of this disconnect, there was less interest in class material and less of an impact on the student. Enter in authentic learning activities. Authentic learning activities are tasks given to students in the real world where they can apply what they learned in class and continue to learn more in a setting that is relevant to them.


A child who is learning about basic math skills can use his or her knowledge when assigned to run a lemonade stand. Now, he or she can use subtraction to return change to customers and can practice the skill. Suddenly, math is more than numbers on a page.

Students who are studying geology can go on a trip analyzing various sediments and reporting about their impact on the land. Biology students may be given the chance to go snorkeling and make a presentation on the issues of overfishing.

There are any number of tasks that can be given to students to make class material useful, relevant and interesting.

Basic Tenets

Let's look at the basic tenets of authentic learning activities:

1. Learning activities relate to the real world/real life

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