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.

Register for the 2022 CRADLE International Symposium

This year's topic is 'Challenging Cheating' which intentionally can be interpreted as having many meanings from the challenges that cheating poses to education, to challenging the very idea of cheating, and beyond – be prepared for contradictory perspectives to be unpacked. We are proud to host two exciting interactive public events as pivotal highlights of the symposium program – a keynote presentation and panel session.

Learn more about the symposium on our blog or event page

Keynote presentation

Join us on Wednesday 12 October, 10am (AEDT) with Dr Sarah Eaton, who will problematicise the complex issues and challenges of academic ethics, integrity and ‘wicked problems’ such as contract cheating in her presentation 'Academic Integrity as a Transdisciplinary Field of Research, Policy, and Practice'.

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Interactive panel session

We also invite you to take part in our second event on Tuesday 18 October, 3pm (AEDT) – a panel session with Professor Bruce Macfarlance (The Education University of Hong Kong), Professor Jeannie Paterson (University of Melbourne), Dr Vicky Nagy (University of Tasmania) and CRADLE's Professor Phill Dawson.

Informed by the closed part of the symposium, this session will attempt to unpack suppositions and shifting positions relating to cheating in higher education. We plan to collaborate to pick apart the taken-for-granted assumptions that surround cheating, and chart a new way forward.

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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:

  • The digital world and its impact on learning and teaching
  • Feedback and feedback practices
  • Learning in and for the workplace
  • Evaluative judgement
  • Assessment security and academic integrity
  • Inclusion and belonging in a digital world
  • Representation in and beyond assessment.

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.

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
Professor Phillip Dawson
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Research Manager
Dr Helen Walker
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