Opened in 2015, 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.

What CRADLE does

Led by Professor David Boud (founding Director) and Associate Professor Phillip Dawson (Associate Director), CRADLE’s main role is to research assessment practices in the changing settings of education, which are increasingly embracing digital learning.

Informed by extensive research activity, CRADLE makes a significant and positive impact on digital courses, taking assessment practices to a whole new level.

Discover our team and programs.

Priority research areas

CRADLE integrates assessment theory, synthesis, translational assessment and digital enablement in the following priority research areas:

  • Programmatic assessment
  • Feedback dialogue/coherent assessment
  • Assessment design (threats to integrity, use of peers and others in assessment, assessing without intrusion/distortion, learning analytics)
  • Practice theory approaches

Learn more about our research and partnerships.

Contact us

CRADLE Director
Professor David Boud
Email Professor Boud

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