Peer Review and the Coursework Postgraduate Student: Two Case Studies from the Master of Art Administration at COFA, UNSW

By Arianne Rourke, Joanna Mendelssohn and Kathryn Coleman.

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This paper explores various online teaching methods for improving the research and writing skills of coursework postgraduate students. Specifically it critically analyses how useful structured online peer review can be for critiquing and improving student writing. The two case studies presented are from the UNSW Master of Art Administration. These studies highlight the experience of conducting online peer review from the perspective of both the instructor and the student. The first uses the instructional method of worked examples and calibrated peer review to teach students how to write a research paper. The second examines how students learn writing, editing and collaborative learning in the creation of an online discipline based publication.

Keywords: Online Peer Review, Postgraduate Coursework Degrees, Use of Worked Examples in Writing, Collaborative Learning, Teaching Editing Skills, E-Learning, Writing on Art, Art Administration, Online Communities, Online Community, Artwrite, Callibrated Peer Review, University of New South Wales, UNSW, College of Fine Arts, COFA

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 12, pp.7-12. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 495.132KB).

Dr. Arianne Rourke

Lecturer, The School of Art History and Art Education, COFA UNSW, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Arianne Jennifer Rourke’s research interests are in online teaching, visual literacy and the application of Cognitive load theory to improving instructional design in higher education specifically in the area of improving the teaching of undergraduate design history and postgraduate arts administration towards the long term retention of learning.

Joanna Mendelssohn

Associate Professor, School of Art History and Art Education, College of Fine Arts, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Joanna Mendelssohn is an Associate Professor at the College of Fine Arts, UNSW. She is one of the instigators of the Dictionary of Australian Artists Online http://www.daao.org.au and coordinates the Master of Art Administration. Her first book, The Life and Work of Sydney Long (McGraw-Hill 1979) remains the definitive work on this artist. Her catalogue raisonne of Lionel Lindsay’s etchings was published in 1988, the same year as her biography, Lionel Lindsay: an artist and his family (Chatto & Windus). The same year she began to write for the Bulletin. In 1991 she was awarded the Geraldine Pascall Prize for art criticism. In 1996, HarperCollins published the book based on her PhD thesis, Letters & Liars: Norman Lindsay and the Lindsay family papers. Her most recent book is Which School? Beyond Public Vs Private (Pluto 2007).

Dr Kathryn Coleman

Student, The School of Art History and Art Education, COFA UNSW, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Kathryn Coleman’s research interests are in eLearning and online communication for teaching and learning Research and Writing Skills in the post graduate sector and its implications for the Arts industry in the future. She is also interested in the use of online teaching and learning in secondary education and the implications of computer mediated communication in the classroom and the utilisation of learning management systems.

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