Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning

The Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE) investigates improvements in higher education assessment in the context of a rapidly expanding digital environment. 

Led by Professor David Boud and Associate Professor Phillip Dawson, CRADLE's main role is to research assessment practices in the changing settings of education, which are increasingly embracing digital learning.

Informed by extensive research activity, CRADLE is working towards ensuring assessment is compatible with digital learning. Our work is making a significant and positive impact on digital courses, taking assessment practices to a whole new level.

Digital learning uses technology to support discipline-specific education. Appropriate assessment practices enhance our courses, student learning and translational assessment outcomes. This assumes that all assessment practices should be compatible with digital learning, and it's this objective that needs rigorous investigation. This investigation will challenge both theoretical and empirical research.

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For all up to date information on CRADLE's news and events, please visit our blog or get in touch with us on Twitter, @CRADLEdeakin.

For more information on upcoming events, please visit our International symposium and seminars pages.

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CRADLE Fellowships Now Open

CRADLE is offering a fellowship for Deakin staff interested in research in assessment in higher education. The fellowship enables scholars to undertake research for up to 12 months in association with the assessment research centre.

CRADLE Fellows are provided with support and mentoring from CRADLE researchers and are actively involved in research activities of the centre.

The centre welcomes applications from post-PhD researchers at every career stage from early career to senior scholars. Applicants must be able to demonstrate the relevance of their proposed research to current research activities or interests of the centre.

The fellowship offers funding of $15k to support the CRADLE Fellow’s research program. We anticipate this funding will be used for research costs (e.g. research assistance or transcription), professional development (e.g. methodological training), and dissemination (e.g. conference attendance). In some circumstances, and upon application to CRADLE, buying out teaching time may be considered. To be clear, the CRADLE Fellowship is not a job, and carries no remuneration.

Find out more about the fellowship's guidelines and objectives

Apply for a fellowship

Please contact CRADLE’s Research Manager, Dr Helen Walker for further information .

Featured researchers

Meet just a few of our leading researchers collaborating internationally on cutting-edge assessment research.

Professor David Boud

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Dr Rola Ajjawi

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Associate Professor Margaret Bearman

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Priority research areas

CRADLE integrates assessment theory, synthesis, translational assessment and digital enablement in the following priority research areas:

  • programmatic assessment
  • feedback dialogue/coherent assessment
  • assessment design (threats to integrity, use of peers and others in assessment, assessing without intrusion/distortion, learning analytics)
  • practice theory approaches.

We're currently working closely with Deakin Learning Futures, faculties, and Research for Educational Impact (REDI), as well as undertaking collaborative activities nationally and internationally.

Learn more about our research

Contact us

Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE)
+61 3 9244 5448

Professor David Boud
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Associate Director
Associate Professor Phillip Dawson
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Research Manager
Dr Helen Walker
Email Dr Walker