A new and shiny assessment policy is set to launch on 1 July 2021. A number of policies have been merged to a new assessment policy and accompanying procedures. The new policy will apply to assessments offered in Session 2 2021. Some of the key changes are:

  • Approval by faculty board will be required for final examination duration over 2 hours (writing time).
  • Changed weighting of ‘group mark’ limits from 50% of each assessment to 30% of the unit total.
  • Provide feedback to students prior to a subsequent task due date – this can be formal or informal, directed to individuals or groups.
  • Clarification of when assessment marking criteria and standards need to be provided to students.
  • More guidance on defining student workload (hours) for assessments and assessment weighting.
  • Changes to grade appeal grounds and submission deadlines.

Further details of what staff need to know and do to get ready will be coming soon.

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Posted by Mathew Hillier

Mathew has been engaged by Macquarie University as an e-Assessment Academic in residence and is available to answer questions by MQ staff. Mathew specialises in Digital Assessment (e-Assessment) in Higher Education. Has held positions as an advisor and academic developer at University of New South Wales, University of Queensland, Monash University and University of Adelaide. He has also held academic teaching roles in areas such as business information systems, multimedia arts and engineering project management. Mathew recently led a half million dollar Federal government funded grant on e-Exams across ten university partners and is co-chair of the international 'Transforming Assessment' webinar series as the e-Assessment special interest group under the Australasian society for computers in learning in tertiary education. He is an honorary academic University of Queensland, Monash University and an adjunct academic at University of Tasmania.

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