Course Description:

Authenticity is the real-world applications so often mentioned in best-practices such as problem-based or inquiry-based learning. When teachers plan for authentic audiences, students are engaged at high levels and performance tasks outcomes increase. In this course, participants will examine what constitutes authentic audiences, how to find audiences locally and online, and incorporate authentic audiences into existing lessons. When authentic audiences are used in the classroom, deadlines and consequences are real, too. For example, if students are pitching a new business idea to local business professionals, not being prepared is embarrassing, but real, unlike a lowered grade on a late assignment. The learning will feel important when they are helping to solve a food bank delivery problem or designing a tiny house for a local couple. Opportunities are all around us – learning to identify those opportunities, building relationships within our communities, and aligning the learning to standards, are the key components to success authentic audience implementation.

Prerequisites: None
Contact Hours: 5

Course Competencies:

  • Define authentic audience in a classroom setting
  • Provide specific examples of classroom applications
  • Identify three authentic audiences which can be used during the upcoming school year
  • Apply authentic audience theory to your instructional practice
  • Reflect on how authentic audience can impact student achievement, student engagement, and your professional practice
Course Syllabus


Bell Ringer: Let's get started! Complete this pre-assessment to help provide context and focus to your learning experience.

Setting The Stage: Would you perform your best in an empty theater?

Play List: Explore the links provided below to discover the role that Authentic Audiences can play in your classroom.

Integration In Action: Explore the inks provided below to see Authentic Audiences in action.


As you examine the examples, ask yourself the following questions:

Choice Board: Choose one of the activites below and submit to earn your badge!

Choose one of the following assignments to complete and submit as evidence that you have mastered the information and applications found in the course.  Refer to the Choice Board Evaluation Rubric and the Guidelines for Submitting Your Assignment to ensure your evidence contains the necessary elements.

Choice 1: Lesson Adaptation

Directions: Adapt a lesson used last year. Incorporate authentic audience to support student engagement. Use either a technology-based audience or a face-to-face audience. Make sure that you have access to the audience identified. Submit the old and updated versions of the lesson.

Choice 2: Peer Share

Directions: Create a presentation to share with your peers about what authentic audience is and how it can engage your students. Include helpful ways to get started including ideas from the local and online communities. For your presentation, consider using Google SlidesPowerPointHaiku DeckPrezi or any presentation software in which you are comfortable.

Choice 3: Authentic Connection

Directions: Create a list of authentic audiences you could use in your classroom. Submit one form of communication (email, letter, or elevator speech) to connect with these audiences and seek their partnership for a future project. In the communication, include the key points of authentic audiences and how it can benefit students. Include key information.


  • Reflect on how you will use authentic audiences in your classroom.
  • Describe how authentic audience can increase student engagement.
  • Exit Ticket – Show what you know!

Ready to earn your badge and get credit for this five-hour course?


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