SoLT seminar program

Semester 1, 2014

All sessions will be held between 1.00-2.00pm in HUED108 (Melbourne campus), with video-conference to campuses indicated below.

Session 1: Tuesday 11 March

Experiential learning: Teaching and the ethics approval process

Julie Rudner and Barbara Doherty

When is teaching – teaching? When is research – research? Can these two activities ever be separated in experiential learning practices at a university? This session aims to workshop existing and potential issues with regard to ethical practice in tertiary institutions, and identify matters for reflection and possible strategic outcomes. It will review key elements of the NMHRC guidelines and associated documents, as well as matters identified by the Community Planning and Development Program when seeking broad approval for its Program, which has the highest level of experiential learning within a planning program in Australia. This session has particular relevance for staff teaching in professional degrees or staff who promote community engagement, although all staff are likely to have an interest.

Video-conference: Bendigo ART403; Albury-Wodonga Rm 4245.

Session 2: Tuesday 15 April

Peer assessment: How valid and reliable are students’ assessments of their colleagues’ work?

Debbi Weaver

Many highly respected researchers and authors push for us to include peer review and peer assessment as part of our assessment strategies, and we probably all agree on the value of the concept peer assessment – in theory, students will pay more attention to the feedback received from peers, and peers can provide an assessment on the relative contributions of team members in group work projects. And of course, the idea of sharing the marking workload is tempting to us all!

But in practice, how does peer assessment work? Are students competent to give valid assessments of their colleagues’ work? And what about reliability – do different team members agree on the standard of their colleagues’ efforts? How do students feel about assessing their colleague’s contributions?

This pilot study investigated the consistency of marks awarded within small teams of undergraduate students, and also evaluated student acceptance of a peer review strategy.

Video-conference: Bendigo AP 102; Albury-Wodonga Rm 4245.

Session 3: Tuesday 13 May


Rhonda Hallett

Session 3: Tuesday 10 June