The Meeting the standard for tourism, hospitality and events external referencing pilot project was successfully completed in May 2017. Peers who are acknowledged discipline experts, reviewed and reported on the assessment methods and grading of students’ achievement of learning outcomes. The project involved a collaborative process for external referencing of the tourism, hospitality and events (TH&E) academic achievement of standards. The project developed and tested a collaborative end-to-end process by which participating institutions collaborated in referencing the assessment methods and grading of students’ achievement of the threshold learning outcome (TLOs) at unit level. The project provided evidence that assessments and grading standards are appropriate and broadly comparable with those assessment practices occurring in other similar courses elsewhere.
Meeting the Standard builds on the work of:
- Setting the Standard: Establishing Threshold Learning Outcomes (TLOs) for Tourism, Hospitality and Events Higher Education, which produced a set of nationally agreed upon and clearly articulated TLOs for tourism, hospitality and events higher education coursework programs at Australian Qualification Framework bachelor (level 7) and coursework masters (level 9)
- External Referencing of Standards (ERoS)
- Achievement matters: external peer review of accounting learning standards
The referencing process focusses on student achievement of the TH&E Learning and Teaching Academic Standards including unit learning outcomes, assessment methods and Threshold Learning Outcomes. The project was conducted over an eight-month period commencing in September 2016 and included a half-day face-to-face workshop prior to the CAUTHE 2017 conference. The final project report is available for download.
The first of a series of calibration and peer-review workshops was held on Friday 4 August at Griffith University immediately following the 2017 Mid-year meeting. Calibration is a multistage intervention in which external peer reviewers examine an assessment task and samples of student work against one or more of the threshold learning standard domains before, during and after a calibration workshop.The workshop aimed to:
- Reach a shared understanding of what it means to meet the minimum standard in a chosen domain
- Generate a shared understanding about assessments and outcome standards in comparable units being taught in different institutions
- Map out the next phase of Meeting the standard for tourism, hospitality and events external peer-review of assessment
The project team is comprised of invited participants from CAUTHE Chapter member institutions, many of whom were involved with the original Setting the Standard project.
- Assoc Prof Pierre Benckendorff (The University of Queensland)
- Dr Paul Whitelaw (William Angliss Institute)
- Penny Jose (CAUTHE Secretariat)
- Dr David Beirman (University of Technology Sydney)
- Dr Naomi Dale (University of Canberra)
- Marcela Fan (William Angliss Institute)
- Assoc Prof Elspeth Frew & Paul Strickland (La Trobe University)
- Assoc Prof Laurie Murphy (James Cook University
- Dr Kelly Phelan (The University of Queensland)
- Esther Teo, Dr Deidre Giblin & Sally-Anne Leigh (Academies Australasia Polytechnic)
- Dr Mieke Witsel & Assoc Prof Erica Wilson (Southern Cross University)
Dissemination of project outcomes, findings and recommendations within a project report, to leverage project outcomes and achieve impact.
Principles of engagement
Established a set of principles of engagement to guide further work in the area and a clear contribution to the establishment of a sustainable TH&E sector wide model for peer review of assessment and teaching quality through establishing a College of Peers and a national online benchmarking process.
Shared detailed assessment examples of how educators can document students’ mastery of the agreed upon TLOs through various curriculum, pedagogy and assessment practices.
For more information please contact the CAUTHE Secretariat.