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Ideas From HERDSA2017

Two weeks ago the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia hosted HERDSA2017, a key conference on research and development in higher education. This year’s theme was “Curriculum Transformation” with presentations organised around practical implications, drivers and facilitators in curriculum transformation. A few colleagues from Macquarie and I enjoyed stimulating, eye opening and thought-provoking conversations.

Here is what I learned based on selected presentations I attended:

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Redesigning Programs and Unit Assessments – Key Points From A Seminar

On the 4th of July, I was fortunate to attend a seminar at AGSM by Chris Rust, Emeritus Professor of Higher Education, Oxford Brookes University, UK. As Macquarie University is currently engaged in program review, the topic Redesigning course assessment was timely. Over the course of three hours, Chris shared his thoughts and insights into improving programs and unit assessments. I summarise some of the key points and ideas that intrigued me and may interest you.

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Giving individual marks for groupwork: 4 practical ideas

One of the changes introduced by Macquarie’s new Assessment Policy is assigning at least 50% of groupwork for individual contributions. In other words, students who do groupwork need to get different marks.

This change is motivated by research that shows that giving students the same mark for groupwork considerably increases freeloading.

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University assignments: why students rarely go ‘outside of the box’

Macquarie undergraduate student Aprill Miles took to the podium to deliver a keynote at the German Undergraduate Research Conference last month. For Aprill, the experience of working on her own research project has been truly transformational. It also opened her eyes on why many students rarely go ‘outside of the box’ in their university assignments.  Continue reading University assignments: why students rarely go ‘outside of the box’

5 facts about groupwork that everyone needs to know

Groupwork is tricky.

On the one hand, literature suggests that groupwork can be very valuable for students. It provides opportunities for deep learning, social support and practicing collaboration. On the other hand, you probably know someone for whom groupwork was potentially ‘the worst’ learning experience at university.

This contradiction made me wonder: why is it that the wonderful promise of ‘enriching collaboration’ just does not happen for many students?

So I decided to look at the current literature, and here are some key points that I thought you may find interesting.  Continue reading 5 facts about groupwork that everyone needs to know

Good practice examples of assessments at the Faculty of Arts

With Macquarie’s new Assessment Policy in place, attention is now turning to reviewing current assessment tasks in units. There are many posts on Teche on the new assessment policy, assessment ideas in the Science Faculty, and the new hurdle requirements. In this post, we will look at some examples of good assessment practice in the Faculty of Arts.

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