Associate Professor Angela Carbone

Associate Professor Angela Carbone

2012 | OLT National Senior Teaching Fellow

Monash University | Profile

Developing Excellence in Learning and Teaching through Peer Assisted teaching Scheme

Fellowship years: 2012 - 2014

Abstract: "The fellowship will contribute to the national discourse on standards in learning and teaching, in particular, the development of teaching excellence. It will do this through: understanding how faculties support academics whose units are perceived by students as needing critical attention; applying and adapting a Peer Assisted Teaching framework trialled at Monash University; providing leadership opportunities for previous teaching award winners with outstanding teaching skills; and developing strategies, plans and policies to assist faculties with supporting and enhancing teaching quality. The flow-on effects of this scheme will inform an understanding of what measures, indicators or evidence are required for teaching standards. The fellowship program will strengthen the quality assurance commitments in universities, as needed by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) to protect the overall quality of the Australian higher education system"

Fellowship discipline: Australian higher education system, Engineering, ICT, Science, Technology

Peer assisted teaching scheme (PATS)

Fellowship years: 2010 - 2011

Abstract: This fellowship aimed to institute a consistent, university-wide strategy to assist academics with improving units (or subjects) perceived by students as needing critical attention. The fellowship used a peer-assisted teaching model, in which two or more colleagues, including one with prior recognition as an excellent teacher, establish mentoring partnerships. The partners work together to develop goals for unit improvement. Informal student feedback and peer observation are used to monitor progress and enhance unit quality. The fellowship also used four data collection methods to measure the success of the scheme: focus groups, unit evaluations, surveys of associate deans (education) and feedback from the reference group. Outcomes of the fellowship include a university-wide pilot of the peer assisted teaching model, a decrease in both intensity and proportion of units needing critical attention, resources, including guides and workbooks, to support participants, a website, http://monash.edu/pats which is a repository of the resources and other materials produced during the program, and the embedding of the Scheme into the GCHE at Monash University. The Scheme has been disseminated through newsletters, at 10 meetings with various Monash education committees, 12 seminars around Australia, and through conference presentations and publications. A major dissemination activity was the Peer Assisted Educational Program Symposium, hosted at Monash University in June 2011 and attended by 90 delegates from 19 institutions.

Fellowship discipline: Engineering, ICT, Science, Technology