Embedding external referencing of standards into higher education: collaborative relationships are the key

Sefcik, L, Bedford, S, Czech, P, Smith, J and Yorke, J 2018, 'Embedding external referencing of standards into higher education: collaborative relationships are the key', Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, vol. 43, no. 1, pp. 45-57.


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Title Embedding external referencing of standards into higher education: collaborative relationships are the key
Author(s) Sefcik, L
Bedford, S
Czech, P
Smith, J
Yorke, J
Year 2018
Journal name Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education
Volume number 43
Issue number 1
Start page 45
End page 57
Total pages 13
Publisher Routledge
Abstract External referencing of assessment and students achievement standards is a growing priority area within higher education, which is being pressured by government requirements to evidence outcome attainment. External referencing benefits stakeholders connected to higher education by helping to assure that assessments and standards within courses are appropriate and comparable among institutions. External referencing takes many forms, which have different resourcing requirements, outcomes, and operational strengths and challenges. This paper describes the External Referencing of Standards (ERoS) approach developed, tested and adopted by a university consortium. ERoS draws on the strengths of existing methodologies to produce an evolved model that is effective, efficient, transparent and open, capability building and sustainable. The model enables participants to communicate directly and construct peer relationships, and findings suggest this is a significant design strength. The process facilitates capability building, such that participants garnered insights valuable to enact quality assurance and enhancement of existing courses, and fosters connections that facilitate collaboration and peer-learning. ERoS successfully used open source collaborative tools to review work samples, which can be used to benchmark costed systems.
Subject Education Systems not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Inter-institutional
peer review of assessment
quality enhancement and assurance
student achievement standards
DOI - identifier 10.1080/02602938.2017.1278584
Copyright notice © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
ISSN 0260-2938
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