HES is pleased to support Curtin University, The University of Melbourne and Victoria University with the collaborative initiative, Assessment Integrity and the Role of Examinations. Led by Associate Professor Jon Yorke, Academic Registrar at Curtin University, the group is looking at ways the sector might collaborate to develop a solution to a problem that appears to affect many higher education institutions and which could potentially threaten the reputation of Australian education. A forum in late August in Melbourne, organized by HES and attended by 200 academics and professional staff from more than 60 universities and private higher education providers, was an opportunity to share experiences and look at ways to address the issue.
Anthony McClaran, Chief Executive Office at the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency, opened proceedings and welcomed the initiative to improve academic integrity. Speakers from across the sector provided engaging and informative presentations including ways to minimize cheating. Presenters shared statistics and evidence from their institutions, as well as ways they have developed to address the problem. A student panel shared their various perspectives which resulted in lively discussion. Presentations are available here: http://registrar.curtin.edu.au/events/assessment-integrity-and-the-role-of-examinations/event-program.cfm
Feedback from the forum was overwhelmingly positive with many participants calling for another similar event and expressing commitment to join a working party to look at opportunities to find a collective solution to the problem.