Benchmarking journalism courses with a focus on graduate employability : case Studies from three Australian universities

Oliver, Beverley, Bethell, Paul, Fernandez, Joseph M., Harrison, John and Breit, Rhonda 2011, Benchmarking journalism courses with a focus on graduate employability : case Studies from three Australian universities, in AUQF 2011 : Proceedings of the AuQF : Demonstrating Quality, Australian Universities Quality Agency, Melbourne, Vic., pp. 1-6.

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Title Benchmarking journalism courses with a focus on graduate employability : case Studies from three Australian universities
Author(s) Oliver, BeverleyORCID iD for Oliver, Beverley
Bethell, Paul
Fernandez, Joseph M.
Harrison, John
Breit, Rhonda
Conference name Australian Quality. Forum (10th : 2011 : Melbourne, Vic.)
Conference location Melbourne, VIC
Conference dates 29 June - 1 July 2011
Title of proceedings AUQF 2011 : Proceedings of the AuQF : Demonstrating Quality
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2011
Series AUQA occasional publications; no. 24
Conference series Australian Quality Forum
Start page 1
End page 6
Total pages vii, 174 p.
Publisher Australian Universities Quality Agency
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Keyword(s) benchmarking
graduate employability
undergraduate journalism
Summary Benchmarking is commonly perceived as a key part of quality assurance and enhancement, and universities have had limited success to date in benchmarking, nationally or internationally, in matters concerning teaching and learning. This is partly due to the paucity of comparable quantitative indicators. The challenges are even greater when benchmarking is at course (program) level. As part of an Australian Learning and Teaching Council fellowship (Benchmarking partnerships for graduate employability), a process was designed to enable course leaders to engage in collaborative and confidential benchmarking at course level, with a particular focus on graduate employability (or, more specifically, the assurance of graduate capability development and achievement). Among the 24 benchmarking partners were three course leaders in undergraduate journalism. This paper describes their collective experiences and some of the outcomes of the benchmarking exercise. It also highlights some of the challenges of benchmarking in a discipline where graduates may follow a range of career paths, and where technology means professional practice is evolving at a very rapid pace. Given these underpinning uncertainties, discussions around employability and appropriate graduate capabilities are best had face to face with adequate time for establishing common understandings. This has also been a focused way of building capacity and scholarly networking.
ISBN 9781921561689
ISSN 1446-4268
Language eng
Field of Research 130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 930301 Assessment and Evaluation of Curriculum
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
HERDC collection year 2011
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