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Goldfinch, T. L., McCarthy, T. J., Carew, A. L., Henderson, A., Gardner, A. and Thomas, G. (2008). Cross-Institutional Comparison of Mechanics Examinations: A Guide for the Curious. In L. Mann, A. Thompson and P. Howard (Eds.), AAEE - Annual Conference of Australasian Association for Engineering Education (pp. 1-8). Rockhampton, QLD: Faculty of Sicences, Engineering and Health, CQUniversity Australia.


This paper describes a process used for, and interim findings of a comparison of final mechanics exam papers for first year engineering mechanics courses at the University of Wollongong, the University of Tasmania, the University of Technology, Sydney, and the Australian Maritime College. The process developed for the purpose emphasized a transparent and sequenced approach to comparing the concepts included in each exam paper, as well as the level of difficulty of exam questions. The exercise was carried out remotely, using readily available communications technology, including telephone, email, and Skype teleconferencing. This process is an example of a simple, easy to implement, and readily transportable approach to cross-institutional peer review of assessments, and an effective way of enhancing collaborative links between engineering educators.

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