Getting it right: transparency, moderation and benchmarking across the first year curriculum

Shircore, Mandy and Corbett-Jarvis, Nichola and Collins, Pauline and Schillmoller, Anne (2011) Getting it right: transparency, moderation and benchmarking across the first year curriculum. In: 66th Conference of the Australasian Law Teachers Association (ALTA 2011): My Lawyer Rules: Assuring Legal and Education Standards, 3-6 Jul 2011, Brisbane, Australia.


For academics working in regional universities the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues on developing assessment tasks, setting criteria and marking guidelines can be limited. This in turn leads to questions about how we ensure that the learning outcomes and standards we are expecting and imposing on our students are appropriate.
In particular how do we ensure that our students who come from such diverse backgrounds are performing at the same level as other law students and that the quality of their learning is equal to that of other institutions?
With renewed emphasis on transparent standards and quality assurance, through both TEQSA and the development of Threshold Learning Outcomes in Law, a team of academics from three regional universities decided to try to find the answers to these questions. Determining that carefully designed assessment provides an effective measure of the standard of learning outcomes, the team embarked on a project to compare, cross-mark, benchmark and moderate assessment across the first year of law at the three universities.
This paper reports on the rationale for the project, how it is being developed and implemented and how the results gathered will be used to develop bests practice in assessment and quality assurance.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Law
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2014 00:28
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Uncontrolled Keywords: benchmarking; assessment; legal education
Fields of Research : 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1899 Other Law and Legal Studies > 189999 Law and Legal Studies not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970118 Expanding Knowledge in Law and Legal Studies

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