Building peer assistance capacity in faculties to improve student satisfaction with units

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Research and Development in Higher Education Vol. 34: Higher Education on the Edge

July, 2011, 394 pages
Published by
K. Krause, M. Buckridge, C. Grimmer, & S. Purbrick-Illek
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This paper describes a Peer Assisted Teaching Scheme (PATS) that integrates unit evaluation data with discipline-based academic development opportunities to build leadership capacity amongst academics. This is achieved by building on the current research that highlights the benefits of Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) programs and applies it to academic teaching staff. The scheme was supported by a 2010 Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Teaching Fellowship. Results of the pilot study and phase 1 of the full study, in which PATS was integrated into the physical science cluster of Monash University are reported. PATS is now into its final phase of integration across all Monash University clusters. The aim of PATS is to strengthen commitments by universities to quality assurance and enhancement, as required by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).

Keywords: Learning, teaching, assessment and curriculum