International symposia

In September/October every year, CRADLE hosts a group of international and national experts to progress international research agendas in the field of higher education assessment and digital learning.

Upcoming symposium

CRADLE will host an international symposium in late 2021.

2020 conference

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

The conference brought together local and international higher education researchers and educators, and many others with an interest in learning and teaching, for two days of thought-provoking virtual presentations and conversations. To view the two conference keynotes, the conference panel and conference symposium, please visit the conference website.

2019 symposium

In October, CRADLE hosted the 'Advancing research in student feedback literacy' international symposium in Geelong, Australia.

The symposium brought together leading international feedback researchers for three days of generative discussion and collaboration, including a public panel session exploring the current landscape of student feedback literacy and its future horizons (recording available here). The major outcome of this symposium will be a series of research papers that further our understandings of student feedback literacy.

2019 delegates group

2019 delegates

Professor David Carless
Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong

Associate Professor Anastasiya Lipnevich
Associate Professor, Queens College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York

Professor Elizabeth Molloy
Professor, Melbourne Medical School, University of Melbourne

Dr Naomi Winstone
Director, Surrey Assessment and Learning Lab, University of Surrey

2018 symposium

In September, CRADLE and Monash University’s Digital Education Research group co-hosted the ‘Feedback that makes a difference’ international symposium in Prato, Italy.

The symposium brought together leading international feedback researchers to explore how we might conceptualise, design for, evaluate and research the impact of feedback over time and across diverse contexts. The major outcome of this symposium will be a book titled The impact of feedback in higher education, to be submitted to the publishers, Palgrave MacMillan, in 2019.

2018 delegates

Professor David Carless
Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong

Professor Dragan Gašević
Professor of Learning Analytics, Faculty of Education, Monash University

Dr Ernesto Panadero
Researcher, Developmental and Educational Psychology Department, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Professor Jan-Willem Strijbos
Professor, Groningen Institute for Educational Research, University of Groningen

Dr Naomi Winstone
Director, Surrey Assessment and Learning Lab, University of Surrey

2017 symposium

In October, Professor David Boud and CRADLE staff hosted two days of high-level research conversations on the topic of 'New opportunities: re-imagining assessment in a digital world'.

The symposium explored how assessment for learning can be refreshed and redesigned in a digital landscape. The symposium explored the questions of:

  • What are the assessment and feedback challenges that we can now address more readily?
  • What can we now conceive of in assessment that was previously beyond our imagination?
  • What research agendas do we need to explore these new opportunities? How can we move from exciting innovation to routine practice?

The symposium and the associated book will provide a different way of thinking about assessment in a digital world. It considers how technologies and assessment can be more than the sum of their parts.

2017 delegates

Dr Yoon Jeon Kim
Research scientist, Teaching Systems Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Massachusetts, USA
'Authentic assessment for higher education: what and how'

Professor Dirk Ifenthaler
Chair and Professor for Learning, Design and Technology, University of Mannheim, Germany
'Considerations for enhancing educational assessment and feedback in technology-rich learning environments'

Professor Dragan Gasevic
Chair in Learning Analytics and Informatics, Moray House School of Education and School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
'Towards strengthening links between learning analytics and assessment'

Associate Professor Abelardo Pardo
Associate Professor, School of Electrical and Information Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies, The University of Sydney
'The effect of data in assessments in the digital age'

Dr Lois Harris
Senior Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Education and the Arts, Central Queensland University
'Catering for diversity in a digital age: reconsidering assessment if equity is a major higher education goal'

Professor Sue Bennett
Professor, Head of School, School of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Wollongong
'Designing online assessment to support student task understanding'

Dr Edd Pitt
Lecturer in Higher Education & Academic Practice & PGCHE, Programme Director, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, UK
Invited discussant: 'Self and peer assessment'

2016 symposium

Developing Evaluative Judgement in a Digital World

The 2016 symposium focused researcher attention on the topic of 'Developing Evaluative Judgement in a Digital World'.

The major outcome from this international symposium is the book Developing Evaluative Judgement in Higher Education: Assessment for knowing and producing quality work, which was published by Routledge in early 2018.


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