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Questions for Roundtable:

  1. What is the role of assessment in developing professional learning and practice in graduates?
  2. How do we use assessment to guide learning and achieve better outcomes for students and teachers?

National Roundtable on Assessing Student Learning: Using Interdisciplinary Synergies to Develop Good Teaching and Assessment Practice

Sydney Masonic Centre, Sydney, New South Wales

September 4th 2007


Aims of the Roundtable:

To illuminate discussion on a range of issues to do with assessment of learning within universities including:

  • facets of assessment policy and practice that need further development;
  • identification of interdisciplinary issues that could be researched and evaluated;
  • opportunities to work collaboratively across universities to cultivate existing knowledge and expertise and extend aspects of the projects.




Welcome and housekeeping – Geraldine Lefoe


Keynote: Great designs: What should assessment do?
Professor David Boud, Professor of Adult Education, University of Technology, Sydney.

Principles for Assessment Design



  1. Dr Greg Hannan Assessment of Honours Research Programs: Towards an Integrated Unified Approach?
  2. Dr Natalie Brown Supporting Assessment in the Professional Experience Context
  3. Dr Glenn Mitchell Graduate Qualities, Learning and Assessment: A False Dawn, Adding Value to the University Degree or the Re-Branding of Tertiary Education?
  4. Dr Noel Meyers Beyond Mapping: Embedding Graduate Attributes at a Faculty Level.
  5. Mr John Littrich Synthesizing Graduate Qualities within the LLB Curriculum: Assessment, Outcomes and the “Ethically Informed” Graduate.


Morning Tea; Poster presentations



  1. Dr Heather Monkhouse Performance Assessment of Classical Woodwind Instruments in the Australian Tertiary Sector.
  2. Ms Jo Osborne Exploring Assessment Issues in ‘Common Learning Approaches’ Developed for the Faculty of Health Science.
  3. Mr Marcus O’Donnell Journalism Student as Reflective Practitioner.
  4. Dr Adrienne Huber Integrating Assessment in a Community of Practice.
  5. Dr Margaret Wallace Worry Less. Learn More.
  6. Dr Katina Michael An Integrated Curriculum Using Distributed Content.


Identification and synthesis of key challenges for assessment in Century 21 as identified in the presented projects.


Lunch; Poster presentations


Small group discussion of the challenges and questions arising out of the Keynote and project presentations.


Afternoon Tea


Sharing the outcomes; - Report back by each of the discussion groups.


Future directions.


Evaluation, Acknowledgements and close of roundtable.

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