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The Role of External Examining in Higher Education: Challenges and Best Practices Vol: 38

Enakshi Sengupta
International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association, USA

Patrick Blessinger
International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association, USA

Andrew Ssemwanga
Family Enterprise Support Initiative (FESI), Uganda

Barbara Cozza
St. John's University, USA

Product Details
17 May 2021
Emerald Publishing Limited
228 pages - 152 x 229mm
Innovations in Higher Education Teaching and Learning


Using an external examiner in an institution is not a new phenomenon. Whilst there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach, how can researchers collaborate on key developments in maintaining higher education standards in order to overcome challenges and cultivate best practice together?  

This book considers the external examination challenges and best practice examples in academia in various parts of the world. With several chapters that cover examples of mitigating disadvantage and creating opportunities without compromising the quality assurance process, the authors examine how universities are engaged in safeguarding procedures at the same time as enhancing the quality standards. Providing a comprehensive international focus, this volumes showcases how we might make external examining a rigorous process which is fair, reliable and consistent across the globe.
Introduction to the role of external examining in higher education – challenges and best practices; Enakshi Sengupta, Patrick Blessinger, Andrew Ssemwanga and Barbara Cozza 
Chapter 1. Acting as external examiners in the UK: going beyond quality assurance; Amudha Poobalan, Padam Simkhada and Edwin van Teijlingen 
Chapter 2. Promoting access to external examining roles through professional development; Helen Kay and Juliet Hinrichsen 
Chapter 3. Authentic assessments and the external examiner; Mikhaila Burgess and Helen Phillips 
Chapter 4. Is there such a thing as ‘comparableness’? The challenges facing the EEs of higher-education courses delivered within further-education institutions; Sarah Cooper and Sara Pearman 
Chapter 5. A study of the effectiveness of the external examining system of postgraduate (MBA) dissertations and the mismatch between expectations and practice: evidence from India; Deepanjana Varshney 
Chapter 6. External examining the professional doctorate as distinct from the traditional PhD: differentiating and developing policy and practice; Dionisia Tzavara and Victoria L. O’ Donnell 
Chapter 7. External examining policies at The University of Mauritius; Fareeda Khodabocus and Henri Li Kam Wah 
Chapter 8. Benchmarking: a comparative case study analysis of quality assurance across the private and university sector in the UK; Kay Maddox-Daines 
Chapter 9. Building without a foundation: efforts in higher education to meet external examiners requirements in the absence of statewide data; Megan Schramm-Possinger, Lisa E. Johnson and Beth G. Costner
Enakshi Sengupta serves as Associate Director of the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association, USA. 

Patrick Blessinger is Chief Research Scientist of the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association, USA.  

Andrew Ssemwanga is the Founder and Executive Director for Family Enterprise Support Initiative (FESI), Uganda. 

Barbara Cozza is Department Chair and Professor of Education at St. John’s University in New York, New York, USA.
'The ensemble of essays is a remarkable contribution to the field of external examination in higher education exhibiting nuanced frameworks on enhancing quality, equity and authenticity in assessing scholars. The challenges faced in professional development of external examiners are highlighted along with pivotal means to achieve consistency and comparability across courses in order to maintain international quality assurance. The chapters use case studies to identify gaps in policy implementation in assessment with effective recommendations to ensure objective evaluation.' - Nandita Banerjee Dhawan, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Women's Studies, Jadavpur University, India

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