Improving staff practice in criterion-referenced assessment: implementing change in University of Southern Queensland, Faculty of Business

Hammer, Sara and Millett, Bruce (2007) Improving staff practice in criterion-referenced assessment: implementing change in University of Southern Queensland, Faculty of Business. In: AAIR 2007: Change, Evidence And Implementation: Improving Higher Education in Uncertain Times, 19-21 Nov 2007, Sydney, Australia.

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Abstract

Using the University of Southern Queensland (USQ), Faculty of Business as a case study, this paper explores a strategy for improving staff practice of criterion-referenced assessment. There are increasing demands by stakeholders, such as government and business, for Australian universities to demonstrate improved learning and teaching, as well as graduate outcomes. A recent review of assessment practice in the Faculty of Business found that staff generally misuse assessment criteria because of basic misunderstandings about their definition and purpose. These findings are a serious concern for the Faculty. Firstly, because misuse of assessment criteria affects its ability to demonstrate desired learning and teaching outcomes and, secondly, because analysis of recent student survey data in Australia shows a link between the student experience and the quality of assessment practices, particularly highlighting the importance of fairness and transparency in the communication of academic expectations of student performance.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author's version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Depositing User: Dr Sara Hammer
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Learning and Teaching Support Unit
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2008 01:32
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:01
Uncontrolled Keywords: management; programs; criterion-referenced assessment; curriculum
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150303 Corporate Governance and Stakeholder Engagement
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/4103

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