Attaining sustainable assessment practice in Transnational Education (TNE) by achieving equivalence and comparability

Sathiyavani, G, Palaskas, T, Richardson, J and Smith, R 2010, 'Attaining sustainable assessment practice in Transnational Education (TNE) by achieving equivalence and comparability', in Nicola Parker and Katrina Waite (ed.) Proceedings of the ATN Assessment Conference 2010, Sydney, Australia, November 18 - November 19 2010, pp. 1-5.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Attaining sustainable assessment practice in Transnational Education (TNE) by achieving equivalence and comparability
Author(s) Sathiyavani, G
Palaskas, T
Richardson, J
Smith, R
Year 2010
Conference name ATN Assessment Conference 2010
Conference location Sydney, Australia
Conference dates November 18 - November 19 2010
Proceedings title Proceedings of the ATN Assessment Conference 2010
Editor(s) Nicola Parker and Katrina Waite
Publisher Institute for Interactive Media and Learning, University of Technology Sydney
Place of publication Sydney, Australia
Start page 1
End page 5
Total pages 5
Abstract To ensure quality and sustainability in the economically significant transnational education (TNE) market, a course needs to achieve "equivalence" or "comparability" between its onshore and offshore offerings (Connelly et al., 2006; DEST, 2005). This paper describes the work in progress of an action research project that explores these concepts to arrive at a shared understanding of what they mean for the higher education community of the College of Business at RMIT University. A second aim of the project is to develop a process of achieving these states with regard to assessment, moderation and other factors associated with maintaining quality within individual courses. The hypothesis underpinning this research is that there is a strong correlation between sustainable assessment practice and the achievement of equivalence and comparability in TNE. The work to date has produced guiding principles to clarify the meaning of equivalence and comparability. These principles have informed the development of a framework that underpins a process for achieving these states within individual courses offered transnationally by the college. To enhance clarity, the notion of comparability has itself been divided into two concepts: contextualisation and customisation. Consistent with the action research methodology, the guiding principles, framework and implementation process require review and validation both by stakeholders within the College of Business and externally by the wider transnational education community.
Subjects Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
Keyword(s) equivalence
comparability
transnational education quality
assessment
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