On-line must match in-class for profession skills

Lin Martin counsels caution as providers pile into digital delivery

Professional registration bodies are concerned by teaching practical or technical skills on-line, as universities adapt to the COVID-19 crisis. “The basic sciences, engineering technologies and the medical and life sciences are particularly affected,” retired TEQSA commissioner Lin Martin warns in CMM this morning.

Writing in CMM Features this morning, Dr Martin asks, “how does an institution ensure that on-line learning assessment is comparable to in-class assessment to warrant the same subject/course accreditation?

“This is a matter of major importance.”

She also points to concerns with course-quality control, teacher experience and assessment standards.

Skilled academic leadership has never been more important than in the present COVID-19 pandemic teaching and learning environment,” Dr Martin warns.