Using Exemplars in a University Environment: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

By David Newlyn.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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Published online: March 7, 2014 $US5.00

Assessment and evaluation of students work in a university environment is increasingly complex, as the overt use of criteria and standards becomes more commonplace in both formative and summative assessment. There is an almost uniform movement towards criteria and standards in regards to assessment as a method of ensuring the integrity of the learning experience. As students seek a better understanding of these criteria and standards in order to maximise their marks, exemplars are being explored as a way of achieving a number of useful outcomes for students, staff, and governing institutions. This paper examines the nature of exemplars and the challenges of developing quality exemplars, it also provides some commentary on their effectiveness in improving student learning outcomes.

Keywords: Exemplar, University Education

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 6, Issue 3, March 2014, pp.39-49. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: March 7, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 273.081KB)).

Dr. David Newlyn

Lecturer, School of Law, University of Western Sydney, Campbelltown, New South Wales, Australia

Dr. David Newlyn, PhD, BEd(Hons) Wgong, LLB Syd, is a member of the academic staff in the School of Law at the University of Western Sydney, Australia. He has an extensive history of engagement within the fields of education and law. He teaches and researches in the areas of business law, contract law, constitutional law, introduction to the law, and legal education. He also has extensive experience in the area of exemplars as they relate to the improvement of the student experience.


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