BA(Economics) MEc Macq.,CA ACIS
Associate Professor; Director, Accreditation
H70 - Abercrombie Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia
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Mark Freeman has been active leading and promoting student-centred learning and innovation within business higher education and professional practice for nearly thirty years. Currently Mark provides University of Sydney Business School leadership through his role as Director Accreditation. Prior roles included Director Centre to Advance Learning in Economics and Business and Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching). Prior to joining the University of Sydney, Mark held various academic positions in finance and work-based learning at the University of Technology Sydney, as senior learning consultant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and as an accountant and financial analyst with CSR Limited. Mark has received multiple awards for excellence in teaching from University of Technology Sydney, the accounting and educational technology professions, peak body Business Higher Education Roundtable and the Australian government - most recently the AFAANZ 2013 Outstanding Contribution to Accounting and Finance Education Award. His research and innovation now primarily relate to learning and assessment, including benchmarking, to ensure graduates develop and achieve the appropriate capabilities.
Establishing the Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) Teaching and Learning Network in 2004 as Chair, Mark currently remains on the Executive. Appointed 2009 as inaugural Discipline Scholar, Mark led the Learning Networks strategy for Business, Management and Economics for the Australian Learning and Teaching Council. Anticipating the new national higher education regulatory environment, he facilitated accounting as the first business discipline to set threshold learning standards in 2010. Appointed 2011 as ABDC Scholar, Mark facilitates business disciplines to assess, as well as set, minimum national learning standards for bachelor and coursework master degrees.
In addition to membership of several professional bodies, including the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia since working there in 2000-2002 on their Australasia-wide postgraduate professional program and Chartered Secretaries Australia since 1994 when he began writing course materials, Mark continues an ongoing relationship with the ICAA and CPA Australia particularly through the national academic standards projects. He is on the editorial boards of Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, the journal of the Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education and the International Journal of Management Education, the journal of the business subject centre of the UK Higher Education Academy. Mark acts as an ad hoc reviewer for a range of journals and conferences. As an ad hoc assessor for the Office for Learning and Teaching in the Australian Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education and previously the Australian Learning and Teaching Council, Mark reviews innovation projects seeking funding and applicants worthy of national recognition under the Australian Awards for University Teaching.
Shaping the future of higher education 02 Jul 2013
Mark Freeman, Director of Accreditations at the Business School, has been interviewed for an article on the development of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) by universities around the world.
Sage on the stage - your time is up 12 Jul 2012
Times Higher Education
Times Higher Education has reported Mark Freeman, director of accreditation at University of Sydney Business School, who has researched why higher education institutions do not do more to adopt innovative practices, even when there is strong evidence to demonstrate their benefits.
The job of upholding standards 28 May 2012
Campus Review has published an article co-written by University of Sydney Business School Director of Accreditation Mark Freeman and Jonathon Holmes, in which they discuss the disciplined approach to implementing and assessing academic programs.
Spot-checks on university marks urged 17 Apr 2012
Mark Freeman, director of accreditation at the University of Sydney Business School, has been interviewed regarding minimum academic standards.
TEQSA risk judgement welcome 05 Mar 2012
Mark Freeman, Director Accreditation at the University of Sydney Business School, has co-authored a piece for the Campus Review, in which he argues that the providers have welcomed TEQSA's newly released regulatory risk framework as a good faith attempt, but remain concerned about any increase in administrative burden and the interpretation of risk information.
O’Connell B, De Lange P, Freeman M, Hancock P, Abraham A, Howieson B and Watty K 2016 'Does calibration reduce variability in the assessment of accounting learning outcomes?', Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, vol.41:3, pp. 331-49
Freeman M and Evans E 2016 'Professional Associations, Accreditation and Higher Education: Foundations for Future Relations', Academic Leadership Series Volume 7: Relevance and Professional Associations in 2026, vol.7, pp. 63-76
Freeman M and Wells P 2015 'Reducing the Expectations Gap: Using Successful Early Career Graduates to Identify the Capabilities that Count', Academic Leadership Series Volume 6: Future Proofing the Profession: Preparing Business Leaders and Finance Professional for 2025, vol.6, pp. 67-78
Booth S, Freeman M, Alexander H, Oliver R, Thompson M, Fernandez J and Valore R 2015 'Peer Review of Assessment Networks: Sector-wide options for calibrating and assuring achievement standards within and across disciplines and other networks', Office for Learning and Teaching
Watty K, Freeman M, Howieson B, Hancock P, O’Connell B, de Lange P and Abraham A 2014 'Social moderation, assessment and assuring standards for accounting graduates', Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, vol.39:4, pp. 461-78
Freeman M and Hancock P 2013 'Milking MOOC's: Towards the Right Blend in Accounting Research', Academic Leadership Series Volume 4: The Virtual University: Impact on Australian Accounting and Business Education, vol.4, pp. 86-100
Cameron I and Freeman M 2012 'TEQSA- it's risky business', Campus Review, vol.March
Holmes J and Freeman M 2012 'The job of upholding standards', Campus Review
Lawson RJ, Taylor TL, Thompson DG, Simpson L, Freeman M, Treleaven L and Rhode F 2012 'Engaging with Graduate Attributes through Encouraging Accurate Student Self-Assessment', Asian Social Science, vol.8:4, pp. 3-12
Freeman M and Hancock P 2012 'Accreditation Pathways for Accounting Programs in Australia', Academic Leadership Series Volume 3: Emerging Pathways for the Next Generation of Accountants, vol.3, pp. 73-84
Freeman M, Willey K, Hancock P, Howieson B, Watty K, Abraham A, O'Connell B and De Lange P 2012 'Using technology to improve peer review and collaborative conversations to benchmark academic standards', 42nd Annual Frontiers in Education Conference FIE 2012, Seattle, United States, 6th October 2012
Freeman M 2011 'Beyond repair? Educating for the profession' in The Future of Property Education in Australia, ed. David Parker, Pacific Rim Real Estate Society, pp. 39-50
Freeman M, Howieson B, Hancock P, Abraham A, O’Connell B, De Lange P and Watty K 2011 'Preparing for the Brave New World of Higher Education', HERDSA News, vol.32:3, pp. 15
Freeman M and Hancock P 2011 'A Brave New World: Australian Learning Outcomes in Accounting Education', Accounting Education: An International Journal, vol.20:3, pp. 265-73
Freeman M 2010 'Setting Discipline Standards for Accounting Education, Learning and Teaching' in Accounting Education at a Crossroad in 2010, Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia/Centre for Accounting, Governance and Sustainability, University of South Australia , Sydney, Adelaide, Australia, pp. 41-53
Sykes C, Freeman M, Simpson L and Hancock P 2010 'Improving learning and teaching through a multi-institutional, discipline-specific project', Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, vol.32:2, pp. 173-84
Hancock P, Freeman M and Associates 2010 'Learning and Teaching Academic Standards Project: Business, Management and Economics - Learning and Teaching Academic Standards Statement for Accounting (December 2010)', Australian Learning and Teaching Council
Hancock P, Howieson B, Kavanagh M, Kent J, Tempone I, Segal N and Freeman M 2009 'The Roles of Some Key Stakeholders in the Future of Accounting Education in Australia', Australian Accounting Review, vol.19:3, pp. 249-60
Freeman M, Treleaven L, Ramburuth P, Leask B, Caulfield N, Simpson L, Ridings S and Sykes C 2009 'Embedding the development of intercultural competence in Business education', Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Final Report 2009
Taylor T, Thompson D, Clements L, Simpson L, Paltridge A, Fletcher M, Freeman M, Treleaven L, Lawson R and Rhode F 2009 'Facilitating staff and student engagement with graduate attribute development, assessment and standards in Business faculties', Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Final Report 2009
Freeman M 2009 'Membership of the Tuning-Ahelo Experts Group-Tuning-Ahelo Conceptual Framework of Expected and Desired Learning Outcomes in Economics', Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development OECD
Ewing R, Freeman M, Barrie S, Bell A, O'Connor D, Waugh F and Sykes C 2008 'Building community in academic settings: The importance of flexibility in a structured mentoring program', Mentoring and Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, vol.16:3, pp. 294-310
Freeman M and Johnston C 2008 'Improving teaching and learning through discipline-specific support models', International Journal of Management Education, vol.7:1, pp. 61-71
Ellis R, Freeman M and Bell A 2008 'Referencing as Evidence of Student Scholarliness and Academic Readiness', Australia & New Zealand Journal of Law & Education, vol.13:1, pp. 83-98
Ridings S, Simpson L, Leask B, Freeman M, Ramburuth P, Treleaven L, Sykes C and Fletcher M 2008 'Developing Intercultural Competence: ALTC Project Update', HERDSA News, vol.30:3, pp. 17-9
Clarkeburn H and Freeman M 2008 'To plagiarise or not to plagiarise: An online approach to improving and motivating honest academic writing', The International Journal of Management Education, vol.6:3, pp. 21-33
Blayney P and Freeman M 2008 'Individualised interactive formative assessments to promote independent learning', Journal of Accounting Education, vol.26:3, pp. 155-65
Freeman M, Hancock P, Simpson L, Sykes C, Petocz P, Densten I and Gibson K 2008 'Business as usual: A collaborative investigation of existing resources, strengths, gaps and challenges to be addressed for sustainability in teaching and learning in Australian university business faculties - 2008 Final Report',
Freeman M, Clarkeburn H and Treleaven L 2007 'A collaborative approach to improving academic honesty' in Transforming a University: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Practice, ed. A. Brew and J. Sachs, Sydney University Press, Sydney, Australia, pp. 153-61
Freeman M, Bell A, Comerton-Forde C, Pickering J and Blayney P 2007 'Factors affecting educational innovation with in-class electronic response systems', Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, vol.23:2, pp. 149-70
Treleaven L, Freeman M, Leask B, Ramburuth P, Simpson L, Sykes C and Ridings S 2007 'Beyond Workshops: A conceptual Framework for Embedding Development of Intercultural Competence in Business Education', HERDSA News, vol.29:3, pp. 9-11
Freeman M and McGrath-Champ S 2007 'To adopt or not adopt TBL: a diffusion of innovations perspective', Team Based Learning Conference, Vancouver, Canada, 1st June 2007
Ewing R, Freeman M, Bell A, Spicer P, Barry S, O'Connor D, Shields J and Waugh F 2007 'The challenge of mentoring in academic settings: A pilot study', AARE 2006 Engaging Pedagogies, Adelaide, SA, Australia, 30th November 2007
Hodgson J, Collins D, Freeman M and Peseta T 2006 'Talking Assessment: standards, literacy and reform', Synergy, vol.24, pp. 29-34
Willey K and Freeman M 2006 'Completing the learning cycle: The role of formative feedback when using self and peer assessment to improve teamwork and engagement', 17th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education, Paper # 116 (CD-rom)., Auckland, New Zealand, 13th December 2006
Willey K and Freeman M 2006 'Narrated visual answers to FAQs: leveraging student learning and academic productivity with accessible technology', 17th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education, Paper #122 (CD-ROM), Auckland, New Zealand, 13th December 2006
Freeman M, Hutchinson D and Treleaven L 2006 'The role of formative feedback in improving group work outcomes', Uniserve Science 2006-Assessment in Science Teaching and Learning Symposium, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 28th September 2006
Freeman M, McGrath-Champ S, Clarke S and Taylor L 2006 'The case for assessable in-class team based learning', Uniserve Science 2006-Assessment in Science Teaching and Learning Symposium, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 28th September 2006
Blayney P and Freeman M 2006 'Immediate interactive adaptive feedback, Best Practice in Assessment and Student Feedback, Sydney, Australia, 16 June 2006
Yench E, Clark S and Freeman M 2005 'Plagiarism detection software - an educational approach', Blackboard Asia Pacific Users Conference, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, 29th September 2005
Clarkeburn H and Freeman M 2005 'Encouraging Academic Honesty', European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction, Cyprus, 1st - 31st August 2005
Blayney P, Comerton-Forde C, Freeman M and Pickering J 2005 'Promoting interactive in-class learning environments using an electronic response system', Higher Education in a Changing World - Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) Conference, Sydney, Australia, 6th July 2005
Clarkeburn H and Freeman M 2005 'Academic honesty online module for students', The Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 6th July 2005
Freeman M and Blayney P 2005 'Promoting interactive in-class learning environments: A comparison of an electronic response system with a traditional alternative', Proceedings of the Eleventh Australasian Teaching Economics Conference: Innovation for Student Engagement in Economics, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 1st January 2005-31st December 2005
Johnston C and Freeman M 2005 'Discipline-specific Support Models for Change in Teaching and Learning', 30th Annual Conference of the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States, 30th October 2005
Clark S and Freeman M 2005 'A Blended Learning Approach to Developing Student Understanding in Academic Honesty', 2005 National UniServe Conference on Blended Learning and Assessment, Sydney, Australia, 30th September 2005
Freeman M, Montgomery S and Bell A 2005 'Online writing instructional system for international students', Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) Conference, Sydney, Australia, 6th July 2005
Clark S, Freeman M and Yench E 2005 'Developing students' understanding in academic honesty to improve learning', Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) Conference, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 6th July 2005
Freeman M 2004 'Team-Based Learning in a Course Combining In-Class and Online Interaction in' in Team-Based Learning: A Transformative Use of Small Groups, ed. L. Michaelsen, A. Knight and L. Fink, Stylus Publishing, pp. 183-194
Freeman M and Bamford A 2004 'Student choice of anonymity for learner identity in online learning discussion forums', International Journal on E-Learning, pp. 45-53
Blayney P and Freeman M 2004 'Automated formative feedback and summative assessment using individualized spreadsheet assignments', Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, vol.20:2, pp. 209-31
Blayney P and Freeman M 2003 'Automated marking of individualised spreadsheet assignments: The impact of different formative self-assessment options', Seventh International Computer Assisted Assessment Conference, Loughborough University, United Kingdom, 9th July 2003
Freeman M 2002 'Team-Based Learning in a Course Combining In-Class and Online Interaction' in Team-Based Learning: A Transformative Use of Small Groups, Greenwood Press, pp. 189 - 200
Freeman M and McKenzie J 2002 'SPARK- A Confidential Web-Based Template for Self and Peer Assessment of Student Teamwork: Benefits of Evaluating Across Different Subjects', British Journal of Educational Technology, vol.33:5, pp. 551-569
Freeman M and McKenzie j 2001 'Aligning Peer Assessment with Peer Learning in Large Classes: The Case for an Online Self and Peer Assessment System' in Peer Learning in Higher Education, ed. D. Boud, R. Cohen and E. Sampson, Kogan Page
Freeman M and Housego S 2000 'Case Studies: Integrating the Use of Web Based Learning Systems into Student Learning', Australian Journal of Educational Technology, vol.16:3, pp. 258-282
Freeman M and Capper J 2000 'Obstacles and Opportunities for Technological Innovation in Business Teaching and Learning', International Journal of Management Education, vol.1:1, pp. 37-47
- Successful Accounting Graduates; Freeman M, Wells P; Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand/Research Grant.
- Educational Consultancy Services; Freeman M; Australian Business Deans Council/Grant.
- Facilitating staff and student engagement with graduate attribute development, assessment and standards in business faculties; Freeman M, Treleaven L, Simpson L, Rohde F, Paltridge A, Thompson D, Edwards J, McKenzie J, Martell C, Rust C, Barrie S, Taylor T; Australian Learning and Teaching Council Limited(ALTC)/Research Grant.
- The Whole of University Experience: retention, attrition, learning and personal support interventions during undergraduate business studies; Millett B, Lynch B, Freeman M, Smith N, Willcoxson L; Australian Learning and Teaching Council Limited(ALTC)/Research Grant.
- Business as usual: A collaborative and inclusive investigation of the existing resources, strengths, gaps and challenges to be addressed for sustainability in teaching and learning in Australian university business faculties; Freeman M; Australian Learning and Teaching Council Limited(ALTC)/Research Grant.
- Embedding development of intercultural competence in Business Education; Treleaven L, Freeman M; Australian Learning and Teaching Council Limited(ALTC)/Research Grant.