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Cross-institutional comparison of mechanics examinations: A guide for the curious


Goldfinch, T and Carew, ALJ and Gardner, A and Henderson, AD and McCarthy, T and Thomas, GA, Cross-institutional comparison of mechanics examinations: A guide for the curious, Proceedings of the 19th Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education, 7 -10 December 2008, Yepoon QLD, pp. 1-8. ISBN 1-921047 60 7 (2008) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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This paper describes a process used for, and interim findings of a comparison of final mechanics exam papers for first year engineering mechanics courses at the University of Wollongong, the University of Tasmania, the University of Technology, Sydney, and the Australian Maritime College. The process developed for the purpose emphasized a transparent and sequenced approach to comparing the concepts included in each exam paper, as well as the perceived level of difficulty of exam questions. The exercise was carried out remotely, using readily available communications technology, including telephone, email, and Skype teleconferencing. This process is an example of a simple, easy to implement, and readily transportable approach to crossinstitutional peer review of assessments, and an effective way of enhancing collaborative links between engineering educators.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum
UTAS Author:Carew, ALJ (Dr Anna Carew)
UTAS Author:Henderson, AD (Associate Professor Alan Henderson)
UTAS Author:Thomas, GA (Professor Giles Thomas)
ID Code:53961
Year Published:2008
Deposited By:Centre for Renewable Power Energy Systems
Deposited On:2009-02-03
Last Modified:2014-12-19
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