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

PhD scholarship in Assessment in Higher Education

We're pleased to announce that applications are now open for a new PhD scholarship in Assessment in Higher Education opportunity with CRADLE. If you're a domestic or international student residing in Australia interested in assessment and digital learning, come and study with us. Applications close Monday 15 March 2021.

Learn more about studying with CRADLE

This scholarship is open to domestic and international students residing in Australia only, will be awarded on a full-time basis, and will be based at CRADLE's Melbourne CBD location, Deakin Downtown. The successful applicant will work on a project that considers assessment and learning in the changing settings and increasingly digital context of education, and will contribute evidence to inform assessment research, policy and practice. We welcome submissions that align to CRADLE's research themes, and also encourage applicants to consult our list of proposed doctoral topics.

CRADLE's research program seeks to establish what works to improve learning in higher and professional education. Our current areas of research include:

  • academic security and academic integrity
  • assessment design (including self/peer, authentic and programmatic)
  • feedback and feedback literacy
  • developing evaluative judgement
  • assessment in a digital world
  • digital identities
  • inclusion and belonging in a digital world
  • learning in and for the workplace
  • representation in and beyond assessment
  • quality and standards.

All Expressions of Interest (EOI) must be submitted to through the Faculty of Arts and Education; however, potential applicants should contact a CRADLE supervisor aligned with their preferred project topic prior to submitting an EOI. Further information about the Faculty of Arts and Education’s EOI process, along with the EOI form, may be found on the How to apply – research degrees page.

Learn more about our PhD scholarship in Assessment in Higher Education

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.

Learn more about our research themes

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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
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Associate Director
Professor Phillip Dawson
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Research Manager
Dr Helen Walker
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