Fourth Annual TEQSA Conference: Partnerships Driving Quality
27-29 November 2019, Sofitel on Collins, Melbourne
Details about the 2019 conference are available from the TEQSA conference page.
National Academic Integrity Workshop Program
October to December 2019
TEQSA delivered a series of workshops across Australia produced by a team of experts from the field, led by Associate Professor Tracey Bretag from University of South Australia, with Dr Guy Curtis, University of Western Australia, Dr Christine Slade, University of Queensland, and Dr Margot McNeill, International College of Management Sydney.
The half-day workshops focused on how providers can promote a culture of academic integrity within their higher education institutions. Additionally, they explored current practices available to providers to combat contract cheating and the challenges providers face implementing these practices.
The workshops were held in 18 locations throughout Australia and the learning outcomes from the workshops will form the basis of an academic integrity toolkit. The toolkit will be published in 2020, building on TEQSA’s existing Good Practice Note: Addressing contract cheating to safeguard academic integrity.
Risk Assessment Framework Workshop Series
July to September 2019
This consultation series was convened as an opportunity for TEQSA to receive feedback directly from higher education providers to discuss our approach to the Risk Assessment Framework (RAF). In turn, the workshops offered providers an opportunity to learn more about TEQSA’s approach to risk assessments and to assist us in our planning for future risk assessments by engaging with the TEQSA Commission and senior staff in considering the next iteration of risk assessments.
Workshops were held in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth and were attended by over 80 per cent of higher education providers.
Experts Workshop Series
February to July 2019
One of the key phases of the Experts review project involved the development of a formal engagement program for TEQSA Experts, with the objective of creating a range of meaningful and relevant programs that instil a sense of community and shared professionalism among the expert membership.
A large component of the program included developing a suite of workshops aimed at enhancing the capability of Experts, by outlining the context of Expert reports in the assessment process, together with discussion around TEQSA’s expectations of assignments. The content was developed in consultation with, and delivered by, TEQSA case managers.
These workshops were to be the first time TEQSA had brought Experts together. A pilot workshop was held at TEQSA in February 2019, followed by a national rollout from May to July 2019. The all-day sessions were delivered in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney to a total of 106 Experts, representing close to 60 per cent of the 182 held on the database at the time.
An inaugural Experts Annual Forum has also been created as part of the wider Expert engagement strategy, with the sessions developed from workshop feedback to align the content with Experts’ needs.
TEQSA and Professional Accreditation Bodies Forum
The forum provided stakeholders with an opportunity to discuss and further develop approaches to streamlined regulation and enhanced information sharing between TEQSA and our MoU partners.
The forum brought together representatives from a range of industries, presenting case studies of approaches to negotiate recommendations put forward by the Higher Education Standards Panel to reduce regulatory burden on higher education providers.
- Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority: FASEA Update - Slides (PDF, 1.4 MB)
- International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education: THE-ICE Joint Accreditation - Slides (PDF, 1.5 MB)
- Queensland College of Teachers: Achieving Regulatory Alignment in Initial Teacher Education Accreditation - Slides (PDF, 1.8 MB)
Quality Enhancement Forum Series
Quality assurance of online learning Melbourne
The forum was convened as an opportunity for higher education providers and TEQSA to examine the quality assurance landscape and emerging trends associated with online learning and its delivery in the Australian higher education sector. It was also an opportunity to discuss the role of TEQSA in supporting the quality assurance and enhancement of online courses.
Experts from Australia and New Zealand presented research and discuss examples of best practice in online learning, with student representatives set to discuss the positives and negatives of studying online.
Participants also discussed enhancements to the quality assurance of online learning in small group discussions led by sector representatives.
The presentations were video-recorded and are available on our YouTube channel.
Forum presentation slides
- Gregor Kennedy, Quality Assurance of Online Learning: Setting the Scene – Global and Local - Slides (PDF, 1.6 MB)
- Grant Klinkum, Micro-Credentials: Accreditation and Quality Assurance - Slides (PDF, 527 KB)
- Lin Martin, Online and Blended Learning Enrolments in Australian Higher Education - Slides (PDF, 596 KB)
- Margot McNeill, Quality Assurance of Online Learning in Private Higher Education Providers - Slides (PDF, 1.8 MB)
- Beverley Oliver, Who Studies Externally? - Slides (PDF, 1.4 MB)
- Michael Sankey, ACODE’s Work on Benchmarking - Slides (PDF, 5 MB)
Academic integrity and contract cheating forum
Melbourne, October 2017
TEQSA invited stakeholders to the second Quality Enhancement Forum Series to discuss the Good Practice Note: Addressing contract cheating to safeguard academic integrity.
The Good Practice Note offers specific, practical advice to address contract cheating. Associate Professor Tracey Bretag’s presentation was followed by a panel discussion centred on the recommendations to address contract cheating in relation to five critical areas outlined in the Good Practice Note.These areas include:
- policies to promote academic integrity
- policies and procedures to address academic integrity breaches
- actions to mitigate risks to academic integrity
- the provision of academic integrity guidance, and
- good practices to maintain academic integrity.
The forum was video-recorded and is available on our YouTube channel.
Student attrition in higher education fora series July 2017
The TEQSA Commission launched the TEQSA Quality Enhancement Series with two workshops to discuss the report on Characteristics of Australian higher education providers and their relation to first-year student attrition.
The forum provided an opportunity to discuss student attrition, identified by TEQSA as a major risk factor for higher education providers. Indeed, it is the most common indicator of high risk to students across the sector. TEQSA undertook a study of first-year student attrition to determine whether institutional characteristics might identify factors which are associated with higher attrition rates.
The study provided details on institutional characteristics which may be associated with higher levels of attrition in 130 higher education providers. It grouped together similar providers and sought out common institutional characteristics that could be linked to higher levels of attrition. The decision to focus on institutional characteristics, and not characteristics of individual students, was led by TEQSA’s regulatory approach which assesses each provider.