The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Professor Geoffrey Crisp is Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) of the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He is responsible for providing leadership in the development and implementation of strategic initiatives in learning and teaching through the effective use of online technologies. He obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the Research School of Chemistry, Australian National University in 1981. Although he majored in Chemistry he has a successful track record of interdisciplinary collaborative work in using online technologies to improve teaching and learning environments. After a Humboldt Fellowship at the Max Planck Institute in Mulheim, a der Ruhr and postdoctoral positions at Colorado State University and the Australian National University, Professor Crisp began his academic career in the Chemistry Department at the University of Melbourne.

In 1988 he moved to the Chemistry Department at the University of Adelaide and continued discipline research and teaching until 2001. Professor Crisp developed his passion for learning and teaching as well as continuing his work in chemistry during this time, being Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching for the Faculty of Science from 1999-2001. He was actively involved in the development of online learning and was appointed the Director of the Online Learning and Teaching Unit in 2001. Professor Crisp was appointed the Director of the Centre for Learning and Professional Development at the University of Adelaide in 2002. He received the University of Adelaide’s Stephen Cole the Elder Prize (Excellence in Teaching) in 1999; the Royal Australian Chemical Institute Stranks Medal for Chemical Education in 2003 and Australian Learning and Teaching Council Fellowships in 2006 and 2009. Professor Crisp is an HERDSA Fellow and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Professor Crisp was Dean of Learning and Teaching at RMIT University from 2011 until joining UNSW as Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) in February 2016.

His research areas of interest include Specialist Studies in Education, Education Systems, Curriculum, and Pedagogy.

Assessing for Quality Decision Making

This session will explore the 21st century skills and capabilities that our students will need as they live and work in a world dominated by ubiquitous technology, complexity and increasing uncertainty. Our assessment practices will need to change; we cannot continue to give students static content-based assessment tasks that ignore the contextual consequences of working in a complex environment with many stakeholders. We will need to expand our repertoire of assessment tasks to include a more sophisticated use of physical and virtual spaces that allow students to construct their responses with access to whatever resources they require in order to make a meaningful response to a meaningful task. We should be able to identify students’ decision making processes when they propose a solution to a real life problem. Students will need to be provided with more engaging tasks that will enable them to use the full range of capabilities they have developed during their learning. We will examine some of the implications of this new educational environment and reflect on our current assessment practices in relation to the requirements of this brave new world.