We support the education sector
quality assurance review
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
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.
Guidance Note: ELICOS Direct Entry Version 2, 5 June 2019
Guidance Note: External Referencing (including Benchmarking) Version 2.5, 16 April 2019
- What is the Peer Review Portal?
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).
- 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
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 )
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- 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
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?
To find out more about our services in quality assurance and review, please contact: Dr Sara Booth: Sara.Booth@peerreviewportal.com
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
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 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
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