Assuring the quality of achievement standards and their valid assessment in Australian Higher Education

2014 OLT National Senior Teaching Fellowship

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Emeritus Professor Geoff Scott

Fellowship years: 2014 - 2016 (year due to complete)

Abstract: Australia benefits greatly from a national and international reputation for high academic standards and high quality universities, courses and graduates. When questions are raised in this area, they are often associated with assessment and how you are assessed defines the curriculum under which you study. Assessment has the potential to be used as a strategic tool by educators that can define the learning that will be achieved and guide students into effective approaches for study. Equally, poorly designed assessment has the potential to hinder learning and stifle curriculum innovation. This senior fellowship will develop the capacity of the sector to ensure that the quality of graduates being produced by our universities is relevant to the rapidly changing needs of the 21st century. The fellow will consider how multiple reference points might best be used to ensure the graduate capabilities developed in different fields of education are both relevant and desirable. This work will begin with a user-tested design process at the University of Western Sydney and following this, learnings, enhanced through international benchmarking, will be used to deliver workshops across the country to be followed by a national conference on what has been learnt.

Fellowship discipline: Assessment

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