In Media and Communications, authentic tasks are the basis of learning through assessment. Media production in the real world is almost always a collaborative process. Hence, authentic assessment tasks require student to collaborate in groups. Collaborative group work effectively fosters both discipline-specific and generic professional attributes if carefully devised and managed. The project team identified common target areas for improvement, constructed and tested a range of practical tools and techniques for improving assessment in these areas, disseminated results and the products to the Media and Communication teaching community and are providing an online forum for on-going evolution, discussion, testing and feedback by the teaching community.
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Assessing group work in media and communications
The main focus of the resource is group assessment relevant to a range of disciplines, for example media, communication, creative arts and medical disciplines. It includes 13 case studies (of majors from four universities), explores key issues in relation to group assessment, and includes links to the research literature and keynotes by leading authorities in assessment. The resource is useful for academic staff designing units, courses and programs and who may be intending to incorporate group work. The case studies are useful for both design and assessment samples and for benchmarking purposes. Video is used to develop the key issues: a rationale for group assessment; creating and managing groups; group marks; peer assessment; technology; transparency; and feedback. The presence of both staff and student views and experiences in the video material imparts a particular level of credibility to the discussion of issues and principles. Keynote addresses, on policy, design, implementation, evaluation and learning, from leading authorities in assessment principles, and the practice of group and collaborative assessment, are also included. The case studies are of particular interest to course, unit and program designers as well as academic developers and planning and quality staff, while the issues are of interest to all staff grappling with collaborative or group assessment. The videos, for example those in relation to the rationale for team work, may also be of benefit to students. Users should be made aware of the login link to the forum, an issue which may detract from the website's currency. The resource recognises the competing demands on the user's time and the cognitive load requirements though an accessible design template (using three main and four supplementary links), the use of short videos, and the links to the research literature. The user does not require prior experience, domain-specific knowledge or specific IT requirements to use the resource. The resource deals with the problematic issue of group assessment and solves key issues in a concise and user-friendly way. It is easy to read and navigate and does not need to be read in conjunction with the project report. It is a practical, easy-to-access and use website on group assessment and team work.
Disseminating strategies for incorporating Australian Indigenous content into psychology undergraduate programs throughout Australia
Australian Writing Programs Network
Leadership and assessment: strengthening the nexus
Leadership for implementing improvements in the learning and teaching quality cycle
Enhancing the student educational experience through school-based curriculum improvement leaders
The academic’s and policy-maker’s guides to the teaching-research nexus
This excellent resource provides a summary of current thinking on the Teaching-Research Nexus (TRN) for academics, university staff, policy makers and students. The benefits of the TRN for students is presented and is supported with a large number of links to examples of TRN practice by discipline and year levels which should prove to be particularly useful for academics designing or revising existing courses or units. Links to strategy and policy making are also included. The site provides a framework for developing curricula that links teaching and research and is a useful collection of curriculum design ideas for academics. Nineteen concrete examples are presented. The resource may be used to aid the development or review of policies that promote (or hinder) the teaching-research nexus. There are materials supporting all levels of policy makers including government policy makers, those developing university wide policies at Deputy Vice-Chancellor level, and other policy leaders such as heads of departments or schools. In a short commentary the authors give advice to those academics early in their career or wanting to build their career. The main focus is on the advantages of being conscious of the RTN in their work as an academic. This is very much a personal view from the authors and contains only one reference.
Linuxgym: A sustainable and easy-to-use automated developmental assessment tool for computer scripting skills
The project focuses on the adaptation, further development and dissemination of LinuxGym, a system for improving IT students’ scripting skills through automated developmental assessment and feedback. Linuxgym will be both a desktop application and an online library of clearly categorized questions.
Promoting the Sharing and Reuse of Technology-Supported Learning Designs. ALTC Associate Fellowship Report
The RED Report - Recognition, Enhancement, Development - The contribution of sessional teachers to higher education
The GREEN Report: The development of leadership capacity in higher education
Institutional Leadership Project
Business as usual: A collaborative investigation of existing resources, strengths, gaps and challenges to be addressed for sustainability in teaching and learning in Australian university business faculties
Raising the profile of diagnostic, formative and summative e-assessments. Providing e-assessment design principles and disciplinary examples for higher education academic staff.
Peer review of online learning and teaching: online resources
Designing next generation places of learning: collaboration at the Pedagogy-Space-Technology nexus
The University of Queensland has demonstrated that student learning is a priority in a variety of ways. The primary goal is to fully develop, rigorously test int eh field, thoroughly evaluate and disseminate widely a new design framework. The project will involve the design, demonstration and evaluation of three distinct types of learning environment using this unified approach that have been pioneered at the University. At the completion of this project, there will be at least three new learning spaces - one library, one collaborative learning centre and one advanced concept teaching space. These spaces will embody new ways of learning, new ways to use space and next generation technology. They will be exemplars at the very leading edge of world-wide learning practice. Teh major transferable outcome of the project will be the new design framework based on the pedagogy-space-technology nexus.