About Us


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.


Led by Deakin Distinguished 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.

We’re complemented by a competitive fellowship program, honorary appointments, and doctoral students.

Our Research

Our underpinning premise is improving learning in higher and professional education.

We have three broad and intersecting research themes.

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Assessing for Learning

Learning in a digital world

Learning through, and for, work

Research Programs

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, work.
Representation in and beyond assessment.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.

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Our Blog

The CRADLE team have created this blog to provide up-to-date news about the latest assessment and digital learning research, our upcoming seminars, our annual symposium, and how to research with us.

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Contact Us

CRADLE Co-Director

Professor David Boud

CRADLE Co-Director

Professor Phill Dawson

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