Peer Review Workshop Series

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In 2016 HES and UTAS initiated a national series of peer review of assessment workshops as part of a collaborative initiative to support the higher education sector as it prepared for the introduction of the new Higher Education Standards Framework (2015) in January 2017.

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Just under 600 people from 81 institutions attended the workshops which explored models of peer review of assessment, looked at assuring learning and teaching standards and investigated how to align peer review of assessment with accreditation and threshold learning outcomes.

Led by Dr Sara Booth, Strategic Advisor Quality, External at UTAS, the workshops featured a range of presentations from scholars who discussed peer review of assessment from various discipline perspectives. The workshops also featured roundtable conversations, practical discussions about institutional readiness UTAS colour CMYK domestic use 5and provided a unique opportunity for cross-institutional networking. Education Services Australia also updated participants on the development of an online peer review tool.

Feedback from participants revealed the workshops were valuable in providing a breadth of information about ongoing work in peer review of assessment as well as providing an opportunity to focus on this important aspect of learning and teaching.

TEQSA CEO Anthony McClaran has stated that “peer review is a key tool for quality assurance”, and in relation to the workshops noted that “it is encouraging to see this collaborative initiative taking place and providing the sector with tools and resources in this important area”.

The workshops are part of a suite of resources developed by HES and UTAS to support the higher education sector. 2016 Workshop presentations are available below.

Registrations for the 2017 Workshop Series are now open.

Workshop Overview

Background context for establishing a national support mechanism in peer review

Jacqui Elson Green, Convenor Higher Education Compliance and Quality Network, Higher Ed Services

Dr Sara Booth | Principal Fellow [PFHEA], Strategic Advisor-Quality External, Curriculum and Quality, Division of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students & Education), University of Tasmania 

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Emeritus Professor Geoff Scott

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'The' key for assuring learning when benchmarking

Professor Mark Freeman
The University of Sydney

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ICT-based Intelligent Two-way Peer Assessment

Associate Professor Byeong Ho Kang & Dr. Soyeon Caren Han, University of Tasmania

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Coursework Awards

Professor John Jenkins, Associate Professor Gail Wilson , Dr Caroline Steel
Southern Cross University

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Assessing the Assessments:
Evidencing and Benchmarking Student
Learning Outcomes in Chemistry

Associate Professor Siegbert Schmid, University of Sydney
Associate Professor Gwen Lawrie, University of Queensland
Dr Daniel Southan, Curtin University
Professor Simon Pyke, The University of Adelaide
Associate Professor Kieran Lim, Deakin University

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External Referencing of Standards

RMIT, Curtin University, QUT, and the University of

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Implementation of Peer
Review of Assessment at
Western Sydney University 

Royson Valore
Manager Quality Systems, Western Sydney University

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The Swinburne Experience

Elisa Cassin
Quality Coordinator – Higher Education
Swinburne University of Technology

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