Academic Calibration Project
The IRU Universities are distinctive in their commitment to broadening participation in higher education providing a quality valuable lifelong education base for all our graduates. We draw our students from suburban, peri-urban, regional and remote areas of Australia, with high proportions of disadvantaged and ‘first in family’ students. At the same time, we are also research intensive and innovative in the way we address some common problems in higher education.
As a group the IRU members are confronting the challenges of the digital economy which is both changing the nature of work for most and opening up many opportunities to change how university education is enjoyed.
The IRU Academic Calibration Program (ACP) is a practical sign of our commitment and the potential from universities working together. It is an external peer review process that is undertaken in collaboration with other Innovative Research Universities. Each university gets considered feedback from academic staff in another university about the standard of work required for each assessment outcomes.
- demonstrate the appropriateness of the standards of learning outcomes and grades awarded in IRU universities
- maintain and improve the academic standards of IRU
- enable comparisons of learning outcomes in similar subjects across IRU
- promote discussion on good practice in learning and teaching across IRU.
|1. Engagement||2. Preparation|
|Each university selects units they would like to calibrate. These are distributed to calibration coordinators at each university to find suitable calibrators.||The unit coordinator will select one assessment task from the unit, and collate student samples and supporting materials relating to the unit; Student samples are de-identified and sent on to the calibrating university.|
|3. Review||4. Evaluation|
|The calibrator receives materials they have a two-week window to evaluate all items provided and fill out the templated reports provided.||Once the review process is complete, a short process evaluation will be filled out by both the calibrator and unit coordinator to allow for continuous review and improvement of the calibration process.|
|Unit and Course Coordinators||Calibrators||Schools, Faculties, and Universities|
- FAQ for Prospective Participants
- Unit Coordinator Guide
- Calibrator Guide
- Guide for Schools and Faculties
The IRU welcomes other institutions participating in the calibration process. For more information contact IRU Calibration Coordinator Abbey Murray at email@example.com.
|Office of Learning and Teaching||Charles Darwin Universityfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Course Reviews team||La Trobe Universityemail@example.com|
|Alison Black||Murdoch Universityfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Anna Smith||Flinders Universityemail@example.com|
|Cecilia Arrigoni||Griffith Universityfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mariana Van Niekerk||James Cook Universityemail@example.com|
|Course Quality team||Western Sydney Universityfirstname.lastname@example.org|