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

Shircore, Mandy, Corbett-Jarvis, Nichola, Collins, Pauline, and Schillmoller, Anne (2011) Getting it right: transparency, moderation and benchmarking across the first year curriculum. In: Abstracts from 66th Annual Conference of Australasian Law Teachers Association, p. 1. From: 66th Annual Conference of Australasian Law Teachers Association, 3 - 6 July 2011, Brisbane, QLD, Australia. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

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 will report 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.

Item ID: 21399
Item Type: Conference Item (Abstract / Summary)
Keywords: legal education
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2012 02:03
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