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A more accurate measure of the off-campus student experience

19 June 2018

ACER has helped to revise a key measure of learner engagement to more accurately survey the experiences of both on-campus and off-campus students. Darren Matthews reports.

Assessment, Student Engagement, Survey, Higher Education

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The role of learning progressions in global scales

12 June 2018

ACER’s Jen Jackson, Ray Adams, Ursula Schwanter and Charlotte Waters look at the benefits of learning progressions for the international assessment community.

Assessment, Literacy, Numeracy, Student Engagement, School

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How do we teach and assess general capabilities?

04 June 2018

The big question about general capabilities in a contemporary educational setting is no longer why but how they should be taught, report ACER’s Claire Scoular and Jonathan Heard in Teacher.

Assessment, School

Higher Education
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Capturing the contemporary postgraduate research experience

30 May 2018

A survey of postgraduate research experiences has been updated to suit the changing conditions in higher education. ACER Research Director Dr Daniel Edwards explains.

Evaluation, Higher Education

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Reversing Australia’s downward spiral in STEM

23 May 2018

Changing the curriculum is key to reversing the decline in Australia’s STEM teaching and learning results, says a report by Dr Michael Timms.

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Vocational & Adult
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Improving confidence in expert judgements in medical specialty examinations

22 May 2018

ACER is helping to set performance standards and improve examiner consistency in examinations for medical specialty colleges, report Daniel Urbach and Jacob Pearce.

Assessment, Higher Education, Vocational & Adult