Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning

Opened in 2015, 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.


What CRADLE does

Led by Professor David Boud (founding Director) and Associate Professor Phillip Dawson (Associate Director), 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 makes a significant and positive impact on digital courses, taking assessment practices to a whole new level.

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Ensuring assessment is compatible with digital learning

Digital learning uses technology to support discipline-specific education. Appropriate assessment practices work to 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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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

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CRADLE seminar series

CRADLE hosts a series of seminars that bridge research and practice. Featuring local and international guest speakers, these informative and collaborative seminars are video conferenced across all campuses, the Melbourne City Centre and Burwood Corporate Centre.

Previous CRADLE seminars

'Scarily personal: assessment feedback via video, audio, and screencast technologies'
Dr Michael Henderson, Learning with New Media Research Group, Faculty of Education, Monash University, 27 May 2015.

'Analysing exemplars to support students' understandings of assessment'
David Carless, Professor of Educational Assessment and Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) in the Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong, 17 September 2015.

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CRADLE Director
Professor David Boud
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CRADLE Associate Director
Associate Professor Phillip Dawson
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