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We use moderation to ensure our assessment practices are valid, reliable, fair and consistent.
Having a high-quality moderation process means that:
The comparisons, learning and quality improvements that come about through moderating our assessments and learning materials ensures that our qualifications remain valued by students, employers and industry alike.
We use the Quality Assurance and Reflection System (QUASAR) to moderate our assessments. This system:
These strategies have been adapted from the ALTC Assessment Moderation Toolkit.
There are a range of strategies that can be employed for the moderation of marking during session. These may occur:
Your School may choose to use one or more of the moderation strategies outlined, relevant to the individual situation. For example, establishing standards through consensus is necessary when you have a team of markers, however of little value if there is only one academic responsible for teaching and assessing the subject.
School and Faculty Assessment Committees play an important role in moderating assessment practices. In particular, rather than being primarily concerned with the outcome of the assessment process, as reflected by the grade distribution within each subject, School and Faculty Assessment Committees are expected to scrutinise subjects in terms of their assessment design, assessment and moderation processes and the outcomes of those processes.
The focus is on ensuring that subjects are able to demonstrate a criterion referenced and standards based assessment design, validated through peer review, and implemented in a fair and consistent way for all cohorts.
All this moderation activity is then reported to Academic Senate, and these records help fulfil our obligations under TEQSA and the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2021. It's important to remember, that while records need to be maintained to demonstrate what we are doing, the 'doing' should be our focus; the comparisons, learning and quality improvements that come about through moderating our assessments and learning materials ensures that CSU qualifications remain valued by students, employers and industry alike.
If you're new to QUASAR or you're stuck with any part of the system, we're here to help.