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Mark Freeman

Mark Freeman

BA(Economics) MEc Macq.,CA ACIS
Director, Accreditation

H69 - Economics and Business Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 2 9036 5030
Fax +61 2 9351 4567
mark.freeman@sydney.edu.au

Bio

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.

Newsroom articles

  • Shaping the future of higher education 02 Jul 2013

    Chartered Accountants

    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

    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

    The Australian

    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

    Campus Review

    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.

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Publications

2014

4
Journal Article/s

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 Link

Freeman M 2014 'An International perspective: Not just a top cited article', Brookes e-Journal of Learning and Teaching, vol.6:1 Link

10
Report/s

Freeman M and et al 2014 'Academic Learning Standards for Finance in the Australian Higher Education Context', Prepared by the Finance Learning Standards Working Party sponsored by the Australian Business Deans Council

2013

4
Journal Article/s

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

2012

4
Journal Article/s

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 Link

Freeman M 2012 'To adopt or not adopt innovation: A case study of team-based learning', International Journal of Management Education, vol.10:3, pp. 155-68 Link

Freeman M and Hancock P 2012 'Accreditation Pathways for Accounting Programs in Australia', Academic Leadership series: Emerging Pathways for the Next Generation of Accountants, vol.3, pp. 73-84 Link

6
Conference Proceeding/s

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

2011

2
Book Section/s

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

4
Journal Article/s

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

10
Report/s

Freeman M and et al 2011 'Tuning-AHELO Conceptual Framework of Expected and Desired Learning Outcomes in Economics', OECD Education Working Papers No.59 Link

Hancock P, Freeman M and Associates 2011 'Learning and Teaching Academic Standards Project: Business, Management and Economics - Learning and Teaching Academic Standards Statement for Accounting', Australian Learning and Teaching Council Link

2010

2
Book Section/s

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

4
Journal Article/s

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

2009

4
Journal Article/s

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

10
Report/s

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 Link

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 Link

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 Link

2008

4
Journal Article/s

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

10
Report/s

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',

2007

2
Book Section/s

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

4
Journal Article/s

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

Montgomery D, Bell A and Freeman M 2007 'An online writing instructional system for international students', Synergy, vol.25:June

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

5
Conference Paper/s

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

6
Conference Proceeding/s

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 Link

2006

4
Journal Article/s

Willey K and Freeman M 2006 'Improving Teamwork and Engagement: The case for self and peer assessment', Australasian Journal of Engineering Education, vol.2006:02, pp. 1-19 Link

Hodgson J, Collins D, Freeman M and Peseta T 2006 'Talking Assessment: standards, literacy and reform', Synergy, vol.24, pp. 29-34

Freeman M, Blayney P and Ginns P 2006 'Anonymity and in class learning: The case for electronic response systems', Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, vol.22:4, pp. 568-580 Link

6
Conference Proceeding/s

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, Treleaven L and Sykes C 2006 'Iterative learning: self and peer assessment of group work', ASCILITE Conference, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 6th December 2006 Link

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 Link

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

11
Seminar Paper/s

Blayney P and Freeman M 2006 'Immediate interactive adaptive feedback, Best Practice in Assessment and Student Feedback, Sydney, Australia, 16 June 2006

2005

5
Conference Paper/s

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

6
Conference Proceeding/s

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 Link

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 Link

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 Link

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 Link

2004

2
Book Section/s

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

4
Journal Article/s

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

2003

6
Conference Proceeding/s

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

2002

2
Book Section/s

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

4
Journal Article/s

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

2001

2
Book Section/s

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

2000

4
Journal Article/s

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

Research Grants

2011-2013

Achievement matters: external peer review of accounting learning standards

Accounting is the first discipline seeking to collaboratively develop and implement a national model of expert peer review for benchmarking learning outcomes against nationally-agreed thresholds. This project is a critical next stage, building on the Learning and Teaching Academic Standards project (2010) and the pilot benchmarking project funded by the Australian Business Deans Council and accounting professional bodies, which is currently being undertaken by this research team. The proposed project will not only expand the latter to all other accounting degree providers, including private and TAFE providers, but importantly refine a model peer review process, that is inclusive, efficient, and supports rich, reliable, valid information that promotes capacity building, guides enhancement decisions and self-regulation. Benchmark evidence will be used for quality assurance (eg.TEQSA), and, importantly, for quality enhancement initiatives (eg. curriculum renewal). As other business disciplines set national standards, the model process developed in this project will be ideal for adoption. Professional learning is a third outcome.

Innovation & Development Program

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