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.


Doctoral scholarship opportunity now open!

Applications are now open for a full-time domestic PhD scholarship with CRADLE. For more information, including eligibility, topics and how to apply, please visit our information page.

Applications close Monday 1 June 2020.


CRADLE Conference 2020

To mark our fifth anniversary, CRADLE is hosting a higher education research conference from 19 to 20 October 2020. The conference theme is ‘University Assessment, Learning and Teaching: New Research Directions for a Postdigital World’.

In light of the challenging times facing the Australian university sector, we recognise that people may have limited funds to attend a face-to-face conference later this year or into 2021. Therefore, CRADLE Conference 2020 will be continuing as an online event.

Registrations will be available soon. A detailed program will be forthcoming along with additional details for online attendance. For more information, please visit the conference website, cradleconference2020.org.


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.

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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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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
@CRADLEdeakin

Director
Alfred Deakin Professor David Boud
Email Professor Boud

Associate Director
Associate Professor Phillip Dawson
Email A/Prof. Dawson

Research Manager
Dr Helen Walker
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