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  • About the Toolkit

    Shade White Balance by Nick Treby on


    This toolkit is designed to provide resources to Australian and partner institution teaching staff in transnational education (TNE) to promote good assessment moderation practice. TNE is referred to as education “in which learners are located in a country different from the one where the awarding institution is based” (UNESCO & Council of Europe 2001, p. 1 cited in McBurnie & Ziguras 2007, p. 22). Transnational programs are delivered in a variety of arrangements including franchising, twinning, joint awards, partner-supported delivery, and branch campus. This toolkit is aimed at academic staff in all forms of TNE.

    The toolkit is based on key principles identified by research under an ALTC project on moderation for fair assessment in transnational learning and teaching. The research involved a literature review, 85 interviews with academic and professional staff in transnational programs (59% of the interviewees were transnational partner staff), and 103 responses to an online survey (71% of the respondents were Australian academics). The project has found principles that would support good practice in moderation of assessment in transnational education. The project's paper on comparability and equivalence won the Best Paper Award at the Australian Quality Forum conference (AuQF 2010).

    • For a four minute overview of this toolkit you can take the guided tour (PPSX, 6.50 MB - Note: start the slideshow for audio)
    • For a brief overview of the research underlying this toolkit click here (PDF, 247 KB)
    • For a one page summary of the online survey results click here (PDF, 216 KB)
    • For a list of tools offered in this toolkit including research based narratives, research papers,  surveys, checklists, documents, audio clips of direct quotes from interview transcripts (read by actors) and weblinks see Toolkit Resources.

    Sections of this toolkit are:

    The toolkit also contains a glossary of terms in transnational education and a literature review (PDF, 564KB) of moderation of assessment in transnational education. It is encouraging that emerging themes (PDF, 333KB) in the literature resonate strongly with the research findings of this ALTC priority project on TNE Assessment Moderation.

    The development of this toolkit is a collaborative effort of the project team with support from the project reference group. Your feedback on this toolkit is greatly appreciated.

    Support for this project has been provided by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council Ltd, an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. The views expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Learning and Teaching Council.

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