Higher Ed Services (HES) and the University of Tasmania (UTAS) hosted a national series of peer review of assessment workshops over five weeks in June and July 2016 as part of a collaborative initiative to support the higher education sector as it prepares for the introduction of the new Higher Education Standards Framework (2015) in January 2017.
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 and 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. Workshop presentations are available here.