2nd Asia-Pacific Educational Integrity Conference
Soft marking, or a moral pedagogy for a globalised future?
Alex Barthel - University of Technology, Sydney
Is there much ‘soft marking' in Australian universities or has ‘soft marking' become a scapegoat? To what extent is it the result of our inabilities to face the educational challenges set by changing profiles of tertiary education and institutions, some of which are imposed by conservative government policies?
This paper proposes to explore a number of issues such as challenges faced by universities resulting from the increasing numbers of international students, decreasing academic standards and funding pressures. It also looks at the role of academic support units and how they are perceived by some as superfluous, by others as instrumental in making crucial changes. These issues will be presented within the context of a Sydney university and strategies will be discussed to address some of points presented.
Keywords: academic integrity, educational issues, media coverage