22 September 2023
This is an exciting opportunity for two Research Fellows to work on a two year program of research ‘Assessment in a time of genAI’ at CRADLE. The program consists of two distinct projects which aim to contribute to the field of higher education research, through building a theoretically and empirically grounded body of work exploring the intersection of genAI and assessment.
The overall program of research aims to understand how, in a time of GenAI, higher education assessments can assure, promote and sustain learning across diverse cohorts, whilst enhancing inclusive practices.
Project #1 – Assessment Design
The first project, led by CRADLE Co-Director Professor Phill Dawson, investigates assessment design to examine how assessment can assure and promote learning in the context of increasingly widespread use of GenAI. This project will investigate how the integrity and validity of assessment can be maintained and enhanced when students use GenAI, and how assessment can prepare students for a world where GenAI will be commonplace.
Project #2 – How students work with GenAI
The second project will investigate how students work with GenAI, in relation to the graded and formative tasks they undertake in their courses, with a particular focus on how they make judgements about the quality of work. This qualitative project will use ethnographic methods to follow students through their studies, across traditional and work-integrated learning units. This project will be led by Professor Margaret Bearman.
What will I be doing?
Both projects will contribute to the field of higher education research, through building a theoretically and empirically grounded body of work exploring the intersection of GenAI and assessment. In addition, the findings from the two projects will facilitate the collaborative design of assessment which supports students and teachers to optimise the opportunities afforded by GenAI, and minimise its challenges.
The two positions (one per project) will support all research activities associated with the research projects in close consultation with the projects’ chief investigators. The appointees will also promote CRADLE’s work within academic communities, and be supported to seek follow-on competitive grant funding to extend their research. They will be expected to work closely together and contribute to a common data bank.
How to apply
If you are interested and have PhD in a relevant discipline and/or other relevant qualifications and experience, then visit the Deakin careers page and submit your CV, a short cover letter and responses to our Key Selection Criteria.