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The outcome of an authentic assessment should be in the form of a performance or product (outcome)

It is the responsibility of designers to determine the extent to which the assessment activity requires the production of a completed outcome or product. It may be that the actual application of a specific set of skills and knowledge in a particular order may be subservient to the requirement to produce a functional product or acceptable performance outcome, as employers can often be reluctant to review the means by which a successful outcome has been achieved. Therefore, from the instructional designer’s point of view, it is important that consideration has been given to the relationship between the requirement to demonstrate specific individual skills and knowledge in a precise way, and the importance of producing a successful performance or product. That is, the end may very well justify the means.