We support the education sector

in evidence-based,

quality assurance review

PRP Introduction to Unit Design and Assessment

Three workshop program


Unit Coordinators: This three workshop program is aimed at unit coordinators who are responsible for the unit design, (re) design and (re) development, including the collection of evidence and feedback as part of the evaluation and improvement process.

Participants will receive a PRP Certificate of Scholarly Activity which can be recorded on their individual scholarship profile on the PRP.

Total Workshop Cost: $270+GST per person for three workshops. Click here for more information

New Members

Existing PRP Members

PRP Members can chat & share

213 Education Organisations are registered on the PRP

  1. Academic Quality Agency for New Zealand universities

  2. Academies Australasia Polytechnic

  3. Adelaide College of Divinity

  4. Adelaide Institute of Higher Education

  5. Ako Aotearoa

  6. Alphacrucis College

  7. ANU College

  8. Asia Pacific International College

  9. Australasian Veterinary Boards Council

  10. Australian Catholic University

  11. Australian College

  12. Australian College of Applied Psychology

  13. Australian College of Christian Studies

  14. Australian College of Nursing

  15. Australian College of Physical Education

  16. Australian College of the Arts

  17. Australian College of Theology

  18. Australian Council of Deans of Education

  19. Australian Council of Educational Research

  20. Australian Dental Council

  21. Australian Guild Of Music Education Inc

  22. Australian Industrial Systems Institute

  23. Australian Institute of Business

  24. Australian Institute of Health Services Management

  25. Australian Institute of Higher Education

  26. Australian Institute of Management

  27. Australian Institute of Music

  28. Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors

  29. Australian Medical Council

  30. Australian National University

  31. Australian Pharmacy Council

  32. Australian Physiotherapy Council

  33. Avondale College of Higher Education

  34. Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School

  35. Bond University

  36. Broken Bay Institute

  37. Cairnmiller Institute

  38. Campion College Australia

  39. Central Queensland University

  40. Centre for English Language Uni SA

  41. Charles Darwin University

  42. Charles Sturt University

  43. Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

  44. Chinese University of Hong Kong

  45. Christian Heritage College

  46. CIC Higher Education

  47. Clausthal University of Technology, Germany

  48. CPA Australia

  49. Crown Institute of Higher Education

  50. Curtin College

  51. Curtin University

  52. Deakin College

  53. Deakin University

  54. Divine Word University

  55. Dublin Business School

  56. Eastern College Australia

  57. Edith Cowan College

  58. Edith Cowan University

  59. Elite Education Institute

  60. Engineering Institute of Technology

  61. EQUALS International

  62. European University College Association

  63. Excelsia

  64. Eynesbury College

  65. Federation University Australia

  66. Flinders University

  67. Ganpat University

  68. Gateway Business College

  69. Gestalt Therapy

  70. Greenwich English College

  71. Griffith College

  72. Griffith University

  73. Harvest Bible College

  74. Hawthorn Melbourne

  75. Helwan University

  76. Higher Colleges of Technology

  77. Higher Education Leadership Institute

  78. Holmes Institute

  79. Holmesglen Institute

  80. Independent Higher Education Australia

  81. Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia

  82. Ikim Academic Risk Management

  83. Institute of Health and Management

  84. Institute of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Technology

  85. Intensive English Language Institute Flinders University

  86. International College of Hotel Management

  87. International College of Management - Sydney

  88. International Institute of Business and Technology

  89. ISN Psychology

  90. James Cook University

  91. Jazz Music Institute Pty Ltd

  92. JMC Academy

  93. Kaplan Business School

  94. Kaplan Higher Education

  95. Kent Institute Australia

  96. King Abdulaziz University

  97. Kings Own Institute

  98. La Trobe College Melbourne

  99. La Trobe University

  100. Laureate International Universities

  101. LCI Melbourne

  102. Le Cordon Bleu

  103. Leaders Institute

  104. Lyons College

  105. Macleay College

  106. Macquarie University

  107. Manukau Institute of Technology

  108. Marcus Oldham College

  109. Massey University

  110. Media Design School, NZ

  111. Melbourne Institute of Technology

  112. Monarch Institute

  113. Monash College Pty Ltd

  114. Monash University

  115. Montessori World Educational Institute

  116. Montpellier Business School

  117. Morling College

  118. Murdoch Institute of Technology

  119. Murdoch University

  120. NAAC, INDIA

  121. National University of Samoa

  122. Navitas

  123. Navitas Professional Institute

  124. Newcastle International College

  125. Nottingham Trent University

  126. NSW TAFE

  127. Ozford Institute of Higher Education

  128. Peer Review Portal

  129. Performing Arts Conservatory

  130. Perth Bible College

  131. Photography Studies College (Melbourne)

  132. Polytechnic Institute Australia

  133. Queensland University of Technology

  134. Ridley College

  135. RMIT University

  136. S P Jain School of Global Management

  137. SAE Institute

  138. Safety Institute of Australia

  139. Sinai University

  140. South Australian Institute of Business and Technology

  141. Southern Cross Education Institute - Higher Education

  142. Southern Cross University

  143. Southern Institute of Technology

  144. Sri Lanka Technological Campus

  145. Stanley College

  146. Study Group Australia

  147. Survey and Spatial Science Institute

  148. Swinburne University of Technology

  149. Sydney Institute of Business and Technology

  150. Tabor College of Higher Education

  151. TAFE Queensland

  152. TAFE South Australia

  153. Teesside University

  154. TEQSA

  155. The Center for Higher Education Leadership

  156. The Chinese University of Hong Kong

  157. The MIECAT Institute

  158. The Performing Arts Conservatory

  159. The Royal Australian Chemical Institute

  160. The University of Adelaide

  161. The University of Adelaide ELC

  162. THINK Education

  163. Think Education Group

  164. Top Education Institute

  165. Torrens University Australia

  166. The Arctic University of Norway

  167. Universal Business School Sydney

  168. Universidad del Norte

  169. Universidad TĂ©cnica del Norte

  170. Universidad Veracruzana

  171. University of Adelaide College

  172. University of Adelaide ELC

  173. University of Auckland

  174. University of Bahrain

  175. University of Calgary

  176. University of Canberra

  177. University of Canberra College

  178. University of Divinity

  179. University of Fiji

  180. University of Manchester

  181. University of Melbourne

  182. University of New England

  183. University of New South Wales

  184. University of Newcastle

  185. University of Notre Dame

  186. University of Otago

  187. University of Portsmouth

  188. University of Portsmouth

  189. University of Queensland

  190. University of South Australia

  191. University of South Pacific

  192. University of Southern Queensland

  193. University of Sunshine Coast

  194. University of Sydney

  195. University of Tasmania

  196. University of Technology, Sydney

  197. University of Veracruz

  198. University of Waikato

  199. University of Western Australia

  200. University of Wollongong

  201. University of Wollongong College Hong Kong

  202. University of Wolverhampton

  203. UOW College

  204. UTS:INSEARCH

  205. Vanuatu Qualification Authority

  206. Victoria University

  207. Victorian Institute of Technology

  208. Wentworth Institute

  209. Western Sydney University

  210. Western Sydney University International College

  211. Western Sydney University The College

  212. William Angliss Institute

  213. York University


Our Mission

Our mission is to support, connect and advance education institutions by creating a sustainable, efficient, and cost-effective evidence-based review management system with services to support quality assurance

Support

Connect

Advance

The Peer Review Portal (PRP) is referred to in the TEQSA guidance note on external referencing as an online support mechanism which can be used by individuals, education providers, industry, networks and professional associations in meeting national and international standards in external peer review. The guide references the Portal as an optional support mechanism that higher education providers can use for external referencing activity and reporting.

  • What is the Peer Review Portal (PRP)?

The Peer Review Portal (PRP) is a cloud-based review management system and online community of practice for quality assurance and review with no infrastructure or redevelopment costs. The review management system can be linked to other institutional online systems and reporting.

The Peer Review Portal is referred to in the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency's (TEQSA) external referencing guidance note as an optional online support mechanism for external review and external referencing.

There is an increasing onus on higher education institutions across the sector to demonstrate an evidence-based approach to self assurance.

For example, Curtin University is using the Peer Review Portal to support their Curriculum Analysis, Review and Renewal Schedule (2018-2022).


Some background information:

A higher education collaborative, streamlined approach to institutional self-assurance and accreditation (Booth, 2020)

Assessment in Practice (NILOA): The Peer Review Portal: Using an Online College of Peers Network and Collaborator Role for Reporting Professional Accreditation, Course Accreditation and Assessment Activity (Booth, 2018)

External Referencing of Standards (EROS) Project (2016)

Good Practice Report: Assuring Learning Outcomes Standards (Freeman & Ewan, 2014)

Peer review of Assessment Networks: Sector-wide options for calibrating and assuring achievement standards within and across disciplines and other networks (Booth et al, 2015)

TEQSA best-paper in quality: A cost effective solution for external referencing of accredited course of study (Booth, 2017).


  • What are the cost benefits of using the Peer Review Portal?

The cost benefits of using the Peer Review Portal include:

  • No annual subscription fees, works on a user pays system at $90+GST per review project

  • It significantly reduces current costs in quality assurance

  • There are no infrastructure costs or redevelopment costs

  • Automatic review management system in the cloud

  • Data confidentiality and security

  • Ease of use and virtual access

  • Access to free online community to chat and share practice

  • No duplication of effort creates much greater efficiencies in time

  • Customised templates

  • Connectivity with teams, networks and other online systems (including regulatory/accrediting bodies)

  • Automatic reporting and calibration

  • Efficient use of resources both internal and external

  • Can include consultants and external experts

  • Can be used for professional development

  • Consider these costs and these benefits with your own institutional practice and costs for all types of course accreditation/reviews (including time taken to complete reviews, administration, reporting and consultancy costs )

Contact: info@peerreivewportal.com for more information

  • What areas can you use the Peer Review Portal for to support your institution?

The Peer Review Portal can be used as an evidence-based review management system and online community of practice for quality assurance and review which can include:

  • Panels and Chairperson

  • Academic committees and quality departments

  • Industry and professional accreditation bodies

  • Disciplines and networks

  • Broadcast function for reviewers and institutions

  • Support for regulatory decisions and evidence of standards

  • Professional development workshops

  • Calibration functionality

  • Scholarship activities

  • Management reporting for evidence-based decision making

  • Online Peer Review Portal Community with public/private groups and shared resources

  • 24/7access to this community by mobile, iPad and computer

  • What support services do we provide?

Support Service 1. Annual course review and benchmarking service

  • We have an annual course review and benchmarking service. We work with HE institutions across the sector to benchmark their courses to meet TEQSA HESF (2015) requirements

  • These sector reviews meet TEQSA Standards requirements: 1.3.5, 1.4.1, 1.4.3, 1.4.4, 5.3.1, 5.3.4, 5.3.7

  • TEQSA's External Referencing Guidance Note

Support Service 2. External benchmarking projects

  • We undertake national and global benchmarking projects on an annual basis based on strategic themes in quality assurance and review. Examples include: assessment, student support, first year transition support and retention, academic integrity

  • This process involves comparing sector data, processes and evidence to identify areas of good practice, areas for improvement and areas for further development. Institutions put forward their institutional recommendations for evidence-based decision making

Support Service 3. Provide online workshops on quality assurance and review

  • We provide cost-effective online workshops based on strategic themes in quality assurance and review

  • We can also work with your institution/course teams to support you in quality assurance and review

Support Service 4: Policy development and review

  • We provide a service reviewing academic policies and procedures and work with your institution to provide relevant, concise and context-specific policy documentation to meet regulatory standards


  • What are some examples of how HE institutions are using the PRP?

Some examples of sector reports showing how HE institutions can work together on quality review:

  • IHEA Collaborative Working Model for External Moderation and Integrity of the Assessment Process. See Report

  • UECA National Guidance Document for External Referencing of ELICOS Direct Entry Program Standards. See Report

Some policies and procedures:

  • Charles Sturt University (CSU) has a comprehensive website on external review of assessment called Benchmarking at CSU . There are videos and support material including External Benchmarking Procedures and Specific Information for Subject Coordinators

  • Curtin University uses the Peer Review Portal for their comprehensive curriculum review process call Curriculum Analysis, Review and Renewal Process (CARR). See their website for a Schedule of Reviews

  • ICMS has an External Referencing Procedure which uses the Portal for external referencing purposes and for scholarship

  • The University of Sunshine Coast (USC) has External Referencing: Peer Review of Assessment Procedures which uses the Peer Review Portal

  • The University of Wollongong (UOW) has an External Referencing: Peer Review of Assessment Standards Procedure which uses the Peer Review Portal

  • Victoria University (VU) uses their External Referencing Procedure to assist them with maintaining and evidencing the quality of courses, units, teaching methods, assessment models, student progress, student experience and graduate outcomes. They have noted using the Peer Review Portal as one of the tools that their course teams can use.

  • A summary of roles and responsibilities in external referencing activities across VU is below:

    • Director of Learning and Teaching (or equivalent) establish an External Referencing Plan for all courses

    • Select and liaise with appropriate benchmarking partner(s) for courses to be reviewed via call-outs on the portal or other methods

    • Course Chair uploads material for review to the portal

    • Dean of relevant College approves the results of benchmarking activities as part of the Annual Course Monitoring and Comprehensive Course Review

    • Director, Academic Quality Standards approves a proposed professional accreditation-linked benchmarking

    • Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, approves the results of benchmarking activities as part of course concept proposals


A sector resource developed using the Portal:

  • External Peer Review of Assessment: A Guide to Supporting the External Referencing of Academic Standards . This resource was developed by a CAULLT Project Team (Assoc Prof Gail Wilson, Southern Cross University, Assoc Prof Simon Bedford, Western Sydney University, and Prof Kylie Readman, Murdoch University). This resource is intended to provide support to academic staff engaging in external review of assessment. It is aimed at experienced reviewers and for people preparing to review for the first time. Funding for this project was provided by the Council of Australasian University Leaders in Learning and Teaching (CAULLT).


  • What is our online Peer Review Portal Community?

Step 1. Access to online Peer Review Portal Community

  • Every time a new User registers on the Peer Review Portal, they have access to our free online community of practice

  • The aim of this online community of practice is to chat and share ideas across the sector

  • Key topics include: Sector news, Portal updates, Share Resources, Reviewer Recruitment, Portal Bugs, Suggestion Box, Site Feedback and Events and Workshops

  • There are both public and private groups that communities and networks can use to share information on quality assurance and review

Go to our online Peer Review Portal Community

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