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 Alfred Deakin Professor David Boud – currently the world’s leading higher education researcher – 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.

CRADLE Conference 2020

CRADLE Conference 2020 ‘University Assessment, Learning and Teaching: New Research Directions for a Postdigital World’.

To mark our fifth anniversary, CRADLE is hosting a higher education research conference from 19 to 20 October 2020 – please visit the site CRADLE Conference 2020. Cutting-edge conversations will explore the future of higher education research in a postdigital age - a topic that's now more timely than ever.

Registrations for the online CRADLE Conference 2020 are free and are now open!
There are two registration options:

  • Whole conference registration; and
  • Individual sessions.

Registering for the whole conference provides you with access to all events, including research presentations and social events, while registrations for individual sessions allow you to register for any of our four main sessions - our opening session and panel session on Day One, and our symposium and closing session on Day Two.

For more information about registrations, including how to choose the registration option that's right for you, please visit our Registration page.

We’ve put together an exciting program with international and Australian presenters covering a great range of topics, from authentic teaching personas to the impact of data-intensification on learning and teaching. You can check out the conference outline detailing timings (including plenty of breaks to reduce screen fatigue!), along with our provisional program, on our Program page.

For enquiries, please email cradleconference2020@deakin.edu.au

Our research

Our underpinning premise is improving learning in higher and professional education. We have three broad and intersecting research themes:

  • assessing for learning
  • learning in a digital world
  • learning through, and for, work.

Our current programs of research are:

  • academic progress and integrity
  • assessment design (including self/peer, authentic and programmatic)
  • feedback and feedback literacy
  • developing evaluative judgement
  • assessment in a digital world
  • digital identities
  • quality and standards.

Throughout these programs, we use cross-cutting approaches, including innovative methodological and theoretical approaches and knowledge transition. We collaborate with Deakin faculties and divisions and also work with a range of industry partners and international collaborators.

Social media

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.

To be included on our mailing list, please email the CRADLE team.

Featured researchers

Meet a few of our leading researchers collaborating internationally on leading assessment and digital learning research.

Alfred Deakin Professor David Boud

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Professor Margaret Bearman

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Associate Professor Rola Ajjawi

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Contact us

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

Alfred Deakin Professor David Boud
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Associate Director
Associate Professor Phillip Dawson
Email A/Prof. Dawson

Research Manager
Dr Helen Walker
Email Dr Walker