HERDSA Assessment at Scale forum

Dear HERDSA Victoria Branch Member,

The HERDSA Victoria Branch would like to invite you a forum on Assessment at Scale on June 15th from 10-12 at ACU.

This forum will explore the use of assessment for large cohorts. There will be 3 presentations followed by a panel discussion:

Presenter                      Title                                                                          Affiliation                          

Dr Grainne Oates         Using apps in a large first year core unit          Swinburne University

Dr Simone Gibson       Competency based assessment                           Monash University

Sharon Horwood          First year psychology at Deakin                          Deakin University

Hannah Bereznicki

A/Prof Wendy Sutherland-Smith



Please register for this event using this link. If you have questions or topics you would like to raise, please do so via the registration form.


The forum will take place at ACU in the Daniel Mannix Building, level 7, room 2. See ACU map (building 2).

Transport and Parking

Parking at ACU is very limited and usually full by 8am. The public transport is excellent. For transport and parking, see this link. For further information please contact Bella Ross at bella.ross@monash.edu


VTAS PEN pre-conference workshops

Thursday 28 April 2016, 1.30pm-5.00pm, Langham Hotel, Southbank, Melbourne

The Victorian/Tasmanian Promoting Excellence Network presents two workshops prior to the OLT Conference dinner on Thursday 28th April 2016.

Workshop 1:      Impact of IMPEL framework by Tilly Hinton

Workshop 2:      Shaking up Higher Education – Learnings from National Award Winners, featuring 2016 Australian University Teacher of the Year A/Prof Kevin Tant

The Victorian/Tasmanian Promoting Excellence Network is a project funded by the Office for Learning and Teaching. The aim of the Network is to promote collaboration that maximises dissemination of innovation and good teaching practice. Its vision is to support professional development and the sharing of systems, knowledge and processes that contribute to optimising student learning.

During Workshop 1, Tilly Hinton will discuss the impact of the IMPEL framework using exemplars of successful grant applications supported with the IMPEL ladder.

Workshop 2 will involve OLT teaching award winners discussing the impact the award had on their careers and networks. Speakers include; A/Prof Robyn Brandenburg, A/Prof Kevin Tant – 2015 Australian University Teacher of the Year Award winner, A/Prof Natalie Brown, Prof Sally Kift & Tara Newman workshopping the benefits creating a community of practice of national award winners.


1:30 – 2:00pm           Registration for Workshop 1 (Clarendon Ballroom)

2:00 – 3:00pm           Workshop 1 – Impact of the IMPEL framework by guest speaker Tilly Hinton

3:00 – 3:30pm            Afternoon tea & Registration for Workshop 2

3:30 – 5:00pm            Workshop 2 – Shaking up Higher Education: Learnings from National Award Winners

Note: Those who have registered for the OLT conference dinner will depart on the bus at 5:30pm to Grand Hyatt, Melbourne.


Spaces for this workshop are limited, so please register now  to secure a place.

When registering please remember to indicate if you have, or have not, also registered for the OLT Conference (check Yes or No box). OLT Conference details are available here.

Please contact us on 9905 9439 if you have any additional questions prior to your attendance!

Invitation to participate in important survey on models of intensive mode teaching

The Office for Learning and Teaching has commissioned RMIT University, The University of Western Australia, and University of Tasmania to undertake a strategic priority project to support and improve students’ experiences of capability development in courses with intensive mode teaching. Intensive mode teaching engages students in facilitated learning activities or classes intensively over longer in a day than is usual in the discipline, and over fewer days than a traditional course. A good practice guide on supporting the student experience of capability development with intensive mode teaching will be developed.

Recent, current, and future coordinators of units with intensive mode teaching are invited to share their models by completing a 15-minute online survey. Coordinators of non-standard courses such as bridging courses are also welcome to participate.

Link to survey: http://uwa.qualtrics.com/jfe3/form/SV_3Q7UFFY659PmulD

More information about this project can be found here.


Places still available to Better judgement seminar

Places are still available to attend The Monash Educational Excellence Research Group (MEERG) seminar presented by Dr Lisa Schmidt, Senior Lecturer in Health Professional Education at Flinders University.

Better judgement: Improving assessors’ management of factors affecting their judgement ​

Date: Thursday, 13 August 2015
Time: 1.00pm – 4.00pm
Location: Monash University, Caulfield campus, The SLATE, Building C, room C3.22
Afternoon tea will be provided. Please book online here for catering purposes.

More information is contained in the attached flyer. Please note: This is a joint project with Lisa Schmidt, Lambert Schuwirth, and Maree O’Keefe, and could be of particular interest to staff teaching into medical degrees.

better judgement

Seminar invitation – Better judgement: Improving assessors’ management of factors affecting their judgement

The Monash Educational Excellence Research Group (MEERG) is delighted to invite you to a seminar presented by Dr Lisa Schmidt, Senior Lecturer in Health Professional Education at Flinders University.

Better judgement: Improving assessors’ management of factors affecting their judgement

Date: Thursday, 13 August 2015
Time: 1.00pm – 4.00pm
Location: Monash University, Caulfield campus, The SLATE, Building C, room C3.22
Afternoon tea will be provided. Please book online here for catering purposes.
More information is contained in the attached flyer.

University of Tasmania – Quality Pursuit: Give us your voice and register your interest NOW!

You are invited to participate in the Quality Pursuit Pilot Survey, a ten (10) minute survey on quality enhancement activities in your institution.

The Australian tertiary education sector is under increasing pressure to provide evidence of quality assurance of learning and teaching.

As part of a quality enhancement curriculum project, called “Quality Pursuit” at the University of Tasmania with support from its partners (University of New England, Deakin University), a sector-wide survey is being conducted to identify the current issues surrounding Quality Enhancement initiatives in learning and teaching.

Your responses will be analysed to inform the current issues, needs, enablers & barriers influencing Quality Enhancement initiatives in learning and teaching across the Higher Education sector.

If you wish participate in the online survey please click on the following link. http://www.assuringlearning.com/quality-pursuit

Please forward this email (or website link) to anyone who you think may be interested in this survey.

This survey will be open until 30th June 2015 at 5pm (EST).

We appreciate your participation. Thank you for your time.


This study has been approved by the Tasmanian Social Sciences Human Research Ethics Committee. If you have concerns or complaints about the conduct of the study, please contact the Executive Officer of the HREC (Tasmania) Network on (03) 62267479 or email human.ethics@utas.edu.au. The Executive Officer is the person nominated to receive complaints from research participants.

Please quote ethics reference number H0014302.

For further information or to request access to the results of this survey please do not hesitate to contact Rosie Nash at Rose.McShane@utas.edu.au or (03) 6226 1095.

Kind Regards Rosie Nash and the Quality Pursuit Project Team



Assessment Design Decisions Framework Launch

Dear Colleagues,

It is my pleasure to invite you to the Assessment Design Decisions Framework Launch.

When: Monday 16th March at 4 – 6.30pm
Where: Monash University conference centre, Level 7, 30 Collins St., Melbourne.
RSVP: Bronwyn.beovich@monash.edu

Registration has been extended until Friday 6th March

As there is limited venue space still available, please respond ASAP to ensure your registration.

The framework is the result of extensive research of tertiary education assessment and has been designed to help university teachers make good decisions about assessment design, while taking into account contextual influences and challenges.

Please see the attached invitation for further details.

ADD launch invitation_March 2015_final print qual-1

Apologies for any cross-postings.

Kind Regards,

Bronwyn Beovich
(on behalf of the Assessment Design Decisions team)

Bronwyn Beovich
Research Assistant
School of Nursing & Midwifery
HealthPEER (Health Professions Education and Educational Research)

Bldg 13 C, Clayton Campus,
Monash University
ph: +61 3 9905 0316
e: Bronwyn.Beovich@monash.edu

Tues / Wed / Thurs


CALL FOR PAPERS- SENSORIA: A Journal of Mind, Brain and Culture

Dear Vic/Tas PE Network members,

We are editing a special edition of Sensoria: A Journal of Mind, Brain and Culture and we would like you to invite you to submit an article for this special release. The special edition is focussed on the future of higher education, especially on students’ perspectives regarding what they think the future of learning and teaching may (should? could? will?) consist of. Papers could also focus on academics’ perspective of what they think may be the future of higher education may be and how students may respond to this.

The journal: Sensoria is a multidisciplinary journal and is particularly interested in thought-provoking, progressive and topical research and analyses with a focus on rational inquiry.

Please have a peek at the call for papers at: http://sensoria.swinburne.edu.au/index.php/sensoria/pages/view/call-for-papers

Expressions of interests are due on the 13th of April, with full papers due on the 30th of June, 2015.

If you have any queries about this, please do not hesitate to contact me. We hope that you might consider submitting a paper for this special edition.

Kind regards,

Dr Simone Buzwell
Swinburne University of Technology
Australia 3122

Invitation to participate in workshop led by Emeritus Prof Geoff Scott

The University of Tasmania is delighted to invite you to participate in a workshop led by Emeritus Professor Geoff Scott to discuss current developments in assuring quality and achievement standards in Australian higher education and successful approaches to leadership in this area. He holds an Office for Learning and Teaching National Senior Teaching Fellowship entitled: Assuring the quality of achievement standards and their valid assessment in Australian higher education.

Please forward this invitation to academic staff, particularly, Heads of School, Associate Deans (L&T) and Heads of Program (or Course)

Key aspects of the workshop will include:

– What is happening internationally around assuring the quality of achievement standards and their valid assessment in Higher Education
– Validating learning outcomes and assuring the fitness of purpose of assessment and not just its fitness for purpose
– Ensuring we are using a valid professional and graduate capability framework
– The importance of developing graduates who are work ready and the results of successful early career graduates studies and focused employer feedback
– Ensuring that course level outcomes are valid
– The role of local leadership in successful change management in this area
– Policy implications for the University
– Development of a national online peer support and moderation tool and clearinghouse of good practice in assessment

State/Territory Workshops

Tasmania: University of Tasmania
6th March 2015 – 9.00am-12.50pm
Cradle Coast Campus: MR.AK07.L01.159 – CC.B159 Video Conference Room
Sandy Bay Campus: SB.AX17.L02.210 – SB.SocSci210 Video Conference Room
Newnham Campus: NH.BF24.L00.023 – NH.A023 Video Conference Room
Rozelle Video Conference Room

Victoria: Victoria University
24th April 2015 – 1.00pm-4.00pm

Venue: TBC

Please RSVP by April 10 for seating and catering to Sara.Booth@utas.edu.au
If you have any further queries, please don’t hesitate to contact me. We will be updating you with more details on the State-based workshops when these become available.

Best wishes,
Sara Booth

Dr Sara Booth | Head, Student Evaluation, Review & Reporting Unit [SERRU]
Division of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students & Education)
University of Tasmania | Locked Bag 1313, LAUNCESTON TAS 7250
T: (03) 6324 3587 | E: Sara.Booth@utas.edu.au
W: http://www.utas.edu.au/serru | Skype: sara.booth5


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