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Type: Conference paper
Title: Using technology to improve peer review and collaborative conversations to benchmark academic standards
Author: Freeman, M.
Willey, K.
Hancock, P.
Howieson, B.
Watty, K.
Abraham, A.
O'Connell, B.
Citation: Proceedings of the ASEE/IEEE 42nd Annual Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE, 2012; pp.1-6
Publisher: IEEE
Publisher Place: USA
Issue Date: 2012
Series/Report no.: Frontiers in Education Conference
ISBN: 9781467313520
ISSN: 1539-4565
Conference Name: Frontiers in Education Conference (42nd : 2012 : Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.)
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Mark Freeman, Keith Willey, Phil Hancock, Bryan Howieson, Kim Watty, Anne Abraham, Brendan O'Connell, Paul De Lange
Abstract: In 2010 the Australian government commissioned the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) to undertake a national project to facilitate disciplinary development of threshold learning standards. The aim was to lay the foundation for all higher education providers to demonstrate to the new national higher education regulator, the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), that graduates achieved or exceeded minimum academic standards. Through a yearlong consultative process, representatives of employers, professional bodies, academics and students, developed learning standards applying to any Australian higher education provider. Willey and Gardner reported using a software tool, SPARKPLUS, in calibrating academic standards amongst teaching staff in large classes. In this paper, we investigate the effectiveness of this technology to promote calibrated understandings with the national accounting learning standards. We found that integrating the software with a purposely designed activity provided significant efficiencies in calibrating understandings about learning standards, developed expertise and a better understanding of what is required to meet these standards and how best to demonstrate them. The software and supporting calibration and assessment process can be adopted by other disciplines, including engineering, seeking to provide direct evidence about performance against learning standards.
Keywords: academic standards
benchmarking
peer review
self and peer assessment
Rights: ©2012 IEEE
DOI: 10.1109/FIE.2012.6462402
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