PEER ASSISTED TEACHING SCHEME (PATS) REFERENCE GROUP MEETING
PATS meeting will be held at 11:30am on Tuesday 14 June 2011 in
Room 3.18, Building C, Level 3, Monash Caulfield Campus.
1. Welcome and Attendance
A/Prof Angela Carbone will be the Chair.
The following members have indicated they will be attending via telephone: Ms Katherine Lindsay, Dr Phillip
Dawson, Dr Jane Skalicky
Attendance: A/Prof Angela Carbone, Ms Jessica Wong, Dr Gerry Rayner, Dr Yvonne Hodgson
Apologies: Ms Lisa Smith, Dr Jane Bone, Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington
Executive Officer: Ms Jessica Wong
2. Minutes of Previous Meeting
Attached in Appendix 1.
The Reference Group confirms the minutes of meeting 22/3/11 as a true and accurate record.
3.1. Reporting on PATS progress
3.1.1. ALTC Symposium
The 2011 ALTC Symposium on Peer Assisted Education Programs (PAEP) was held on Tuesday
7 June. We had an overwhelming interest in the symposium. We had 105 people register on the
symposium website with 89 attending. Twenty institutions were represented with nineteen from
Australia and one from New Zealand. A list of all the attendees is attached in Appendix 2. The
presentations and posters from the symposium will be available on the symposium website.
3.1.2. Extension Grant
The ALTC has approved funding for the grant to the amount of AUD$10,000.00 which will extend
the scheme until the end of 2011. We will be developing a PATS website and workshops which
will be delivered nationally.
3.1.3. PATS process
The diagram outlining the PATS process has been redeveloped to clearly distinguish between the
pre, during and post-semester tasks. Additional activities have also been included. The new
PATS process diagram is attached in Appendix 3.
3.1.4. PATS Guide
The PATS guide has been revised to explicitly state elements of the process. The guide is
attached to the email.
Reference group to approve the PATS guide as a suitable resource in promoting and expanding
3.1.5. PATS Participants Instructional Workbook
Feedback from the mid-semester meeting with the PATS participants (13/4 and 15/4) suggested
that a “PATS Instructional Workbook” containing timelines, activities and pro formas for the
participants would be helpful. A draft instructional workbook is attached to the email.
Reference group to approve the PATS instructional workbook as a suitable resource for PATS
participants to use and provide feedback on the content.
3.2. Work in Progress
3.2.1. ALTC Extension
Grant PATS Website
In Semester 2, 2011 we will be developing a PATS website that will contain all resources
pertaining to the scheme. This includes guides, workbooks, newsletters, meeting agendas and
minutes, videos, podcasts and more.
Reference group to approve the PATS online presence as suitable resources for PATS
participants to use.
Identify common reoccurring themes for areas of improvement in units
The Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee (MUHREC) has approved the use
of Monash University unit evaluation qualitative data to identify common reoccurring themes
for areas of improvement in units. We have already received the qualitative comments for
thirteen units from the Faculty of IT. We are currently liaising with Mary Tam, the Senior Data
Analyst, University Statistics – Strategic Analysis and Surveys, Office of the Pro Vice-
Chancellor (Planning & Quality). There are 174 such units with student comments.
Reference group to approve the PATS analysis of qualitative data with the intention to identify
the top 5 concerns with units in need critical attention zone, and provide advice for DVCs on
how to improve low-performing units.
Workshop series plan for 2012
A series of workshops are planned for 2012 to disseminate the scheme to other higher
education institutions including:
o Australasian Computing Education (ACE) Conference workshop, RMIT, Melbourne, Jan
o ACDICT Learning and Teaching Forum, Adelaide, May 2012;
o HERDSA conference, Gold Coast, July 2012;
o Faculty of Engineering, University of Melbourne
Reference group to provide comments and suggestions in regards to the workshops.
3.2.2. Results for units participating in PATS in S1, 2011
Data for the S1, 2011 PATS scheme will be collected by examining the unit evaluation results, the
deliverables and focus group discussions with the mentees and mentors. Unit evaluation
quantitative results for S1, 2011 are due to be released on 12 July 2011. The qualitative will be
released to ADEs on 16 August. The project administrator has been collecting the deliverables
and the focus group sessions will be held on the 8 and 9 June.
3.2.3. Sustainable future for PATS
As the fellowship is coming to an end, we would like to propose a way in which the PATS scheme
can be sustained into the future. In order to transition into a more sustainable faculty-led process
we would like to establish a PATS liaison person for each faculty that can champion the
process. This person could be a past PATS participant or someone that has recently accepted an
education-focused role. They would ensure that partners are well informed of the process, keep
on track with the proposed activities outlined in the PATS guide and advertise workshop events
held with OPVCLT to advance teaching quality.
Reference group to provide suggestions on ways to move forward in sustaining PATS.
3.2.4. Final Report
We are currently in the early stages of writing up the final 12 month report which will be submitted
to ALTC by 30 September.
4. Items for Noting:
4.1. Journal Papers
The case studies supplied by the S2, 2010 participants from the faculty of Engineering will be the
basis of a journal paper for the Journal of Engineering Education [ERA rank A*]. The paper will be
entitled: Building effective partnerships for unit quality.
Having been granted Human Ethics approval, we will be using the qualitative comments from ICT
units in the needing critical attention zone as the basis of a journal paper for the Fourteenth
Australasian Computing Education (ACE) Conference (2012). The paper will be entitled: Common
Areas for Improvement in ICT Units that have Critically Low Student Satisfaction.
5. Other business:
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for being a part of the Peer Assisted Teaching
Scheme reference group. You have provided us with wonderful support throughout the entire project and
your critical feedback has helped to shape and improve the scheme.
PEER ASSISTED TEACHING SCHEME (PATS) REFERENCE GROUP MEETING
PATS meeting was held at 11.30am on Tuesday 22 March 2011 in
Room 3.22, Building C, Monash Caulfield Campus.
1. Welcome and Attendance
Present: A/Prof Angela Carbone, Mr Jason Ceddia, A/Prof Roger Hadgraft, Dr Yvonne Hodgson, Ms Lisa
Smith, Mr Phillip Dawson, Ms Katherine Lindsay*
*Attendance via teleconference
Apologies: Ms Jessica Wong, Dr Jane Bone, A/Prof Leigh Wood, Mr Adrian Devey, Professor Marnie
Hughes-Warrington, Ms Sally Rogan, Dr Jane Skalicky, Dr Gerry Rayner, Ms Catherine Barratt, Professor
Peter Stewart, Ms Jill French, Dr Susan Edwards, Dr Wendy Sutherland-Smith.
2. Minutes of Previous Meeting
The Reference Group approves the minutes of meeting 10/12/2010 as a true and accurate record.
3.1 ALTC fellowship 6-month progress report
The PATS teaching fellow presented an overview of the report.
Members commended the report and praised the bi-monthly newsletters with its impact on keeping
interest in PATS. Members to advise if any other content needs to be contributed to future
3.2 PATS in 2011
The fellow outlined that PATS was offered to all faculties at Monash in S1, 2011. The faculties of
Business & Economics, Pharmacy, Engineering, Information Technology, Arts and Education have
all accepted the offer with a total of twenty four participants this semester. The faculties of Law,
Medicine Nursing & Health Sciences, Art & Design and Science have all declined for various
A member proposed promoting PATS as a method of improving units that could then be used as
case studies in the departments i.e. not just focusing on units that were in the ‘critical’ area as well as
having all new units which have been approved by the FEC’s participate in PATS.
3.3 PATS guide
The fellow presented the current version of the PATS guide.
A member suggested making the guide more generic so it could be used at other institutions ie. less
Monash centric and will be sending comments/changes to Jessica Wong. Roger will also be
contacted for comment/review of the generic guide.
3.4 Journal papers
The fellow outlined the two papers which have been submitted with one recently accepted as a
refereed paper at the 16 ITiSCE conference [ERA rank A] taking place in Darmstadt, Germany in
June 2011. The other paper was submitted to HERDSA for the upcoming conference on the Gold
Coast in July and the outcome will be known on 8 April. The fellow also discussed the Engineering
paper which is currently in progress.
Members suggested other possible journals for the submission of the engineering paper, such as
Journal of Engineering Education [rank A*], International Journal of Engineering Education [rank A]
and European Journal of Engineering Education [rank A].
3.5 ALTC Symposium
The fellow outlined the arrangements for the 2011 ALTC symposium with registrations to be capped
at 100 but will accept up to 120 people allowing for some non-attendance.
Kate suggested that a poster session could be held during the Symposium. A request was also
made to record the keynote presentations and make them available on the PATS (future) website. A
PAL fellow (Yvonne Hodgson) will contact A/Prof Dianne Waddell of the HERDSA Victorian branch
to disseminate the symposium information.
3.6 Extension Grant for PATS
The fellow explained that the ALTC Fellowship grant finishes at the end of June, 2011 and we are
currently in the process of applying for an extension grant in order to develop a website for resources
and run workshops interstate.
Reference group approved the application of an extension grant.
3.7 Application for Human Ethics Exemption
The fellow explained the application in progress for a Human Ethics exemption in order to use
Monash qualitative data to identify common reoccurring themes for areas of improvement in units.
Reference group approved the Human Ethics application.
4 Next Meeting
The final PATS reference group meeting will take place on June 14 at 11.30am in C3.22 Caulfield. The
meeting will also serve as a debriefing session for the ALTC symposium.
2011 ALTC Symposium Attendees
Tuesday 7th June, 2011
Monash University, Caulfield
Name Institution Email
Mr. Edilson Arenas Central Queensland University email@example.com
Ms. Carolyn Bailey Monash University firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Catherine Barratt Monash University email@example.com
Dr. Anita Barry Monash University firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Erin Barry Monash University email@example.com
Dr. Margaret Bearman Monash University firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Juliey Beckman Monash University email@example.com
Ms. Joan Benjamin Monash University firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Rosemary Bennett Monash University email@example.com
Ms. Tania Blanksby La Trobe University firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Jane Bone Monash University email@example.com
Prof. Robert Brooks Monash University firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Alison Brown RMIT University email@example.com
Dr. Gavin Buskes University of Melbourne firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Matthew Butler Monash University email@example.com
A/Prof. Angela Carbone Monash University firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Jason Ceddia Monash University email@example.com
Dr. Glen Croy Monash University firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Phillip Dawson Deakin University email@example.com
Mr. Paul Denny The University of Auckland firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Adrian Devey Monash University email@example.com
Ms. Sanchia Draper University of Melbourne firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Steve Drew Griffith University email@example.com
Dr. Daryl D'Souza RMIT University firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Lloyd England Monash University email@example.com
Ms. Amanda Everaert Monash University firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Clive Ferguson Chisholm Institute of TAFE email@example.com
Dr. Nina Fotinatos University of Ballarat firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Jamie Fulcher Chisholm Institute of TAFE email@example.com
A/Prof. Roger Hadgraft University of Melbourne firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Hariz Halilovich Monash University email@example.com
Dr. Margaret Hamilton RMIT University firstname.lastname@example.org
A/Prof. James Harland RMIT University email@example.com
Dr. Yvonne Hodgson Monash University firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Zoia Hristova La Trobe University email@example.com
Prof. Marnie Hughes-Warrington Monash University firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Robert Jack Macquarie University email@example.com
Dr. Sarah Jansen Monash University firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Susan Jerie La Trobe University email@example.com
Ms. Jan Jones Monash University firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Prashan Karunaratne Macquarie University email@example.com
Ms. Lindy Kimmins University of Southern Queensland Lindy.Kimmins@usq.edu.au
Dr. Ian Larson Monash University firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Belinda Lewis Monash University email@example.com
Ms. Dana Lutat Monash University firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Katherine Lindsay University of Newcastle email@example.com
Dr. Janet Macaulay Monash University firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Lynne Mayne Monash University email@example.com
Dr. Susan Mayson Monash University firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Leanne McCann Monash University email@example.com
Ms. Debbie McCormick Monash University firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Wendy McKenzie Monash University email@example.com
Dr. Salut Muhidin Macquarie University Salut.Muhidin@mq.edu.au
Dr. Kim Murphy Monash University firstname.lastname@example.org
A/Prof. Robert Nelson Monash University email@example.com
Ms. Wendy Nickson Monash University firstname.lastname@example.org
Prof. Andrew Ooi University of Melbourne email@example.com
Dr. Linda Pannan La Trobe University L.Pannan@latrobe.edu.au
Ms. Veronica Png Monash University firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Prabhakar Ranganathan Monash University email@example.com
Dr. Gerry Rayner Monash University firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Alvin Rendell Chisholm Institute of TAFE email@example.com
Ms. Sally Rogan University of Wollongong firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Grace Rumantir Monash University email@example.com
Ms. Rachel Saffer Monash University firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Samantha Sevenhuysen Southern Health Sam.Sevenhuysen@southernhealth.org.au
Dr. Hayley Sharp La Trobe University Hayley.Sharp@latrobe.edu.au
Dr. Judy Sheard Monash University email@example.com
Mr. Brice Shen University of Melbourne firstname.lastname@example.org
Prof. Adam Shoemaker Monash University email@example.com
Ms. Tristana Sidoryn University of South Australia firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Jane Skalicky University of Tasmania Jane.Skalicky@utas.edu.au
Mr. Michael Smith Monash University email@example.com
Dr. Grace Stankiewicz Monash University firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Bret Stephenson La Trobe University B.Stephenson@latrobe.edu.au
Dr. Christopher Thompson Monash University email@example.com
Ms. Lyn Torres Monash University firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Sheila Vance Monash University email@example.com
Dr. Heather Verkade Monash University firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Cecily Walker RMIT University email@example.com
Mr. Geoff Warburton RMIT University firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Jennifer Waters La Trobe University email@example.com
Dr. Julie Willems University of New England Julie.Willems@une.edu.au
Dr. Keith Willey University of Technology, Sydney firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Brett Williams Monash University email@example.com
Ms. Jessica Wong Monash University firstname.lastname@example.org
A/Prof. Leigh Wood Macquarie university Leigh.email@example.com
Dr. Sue Wright University of Melbourne firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Jodie Young La Trobe University email@example.com
The PATS process