Nicole Crawford is a Senior Research Fellow, currently working on several research projects at CRADLE. She was an Equity Fellow at the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) and an educator in pre-degree programs at the University of Tasmania.
Nicole’s research interests include equity and inclusion in higher education, student and staff mental wellbeing, and enabling education.
Laura Hughes has a background in biomedical sciences, psychology and addictions.
Laura has research interests in feedback literacy, behaviour change and broadly higher education teaching and learning. Laura is currently working on the ARC Discovery Project Feedback literacy for effective learning at university and beyond.
Jack Walton is a Research Fellow within CRADLE. He holds a Bachelor of Music, and his PhD developed a theorisation of assessment in university music education.
His main research interests include assessment, judgement, and creative practice.
Kevin Dullaghan is an Associate Research Fellow with CRADLE. Kevin assists the team with their research and manages the CRADLE Blog, website, and newsletter.
Kevin is interested in all areas of higher education research, particularly conducting surveys and interviews, identifying trends, and managing data. He first started with CRADLE looking into the murky world of contract cheating.
Associate Professor Jaclyn Broadbent is Pro-Vice Chancellor Sessional Academic Experience, Deputy Head of School in Psychology and a member of CRADLE. Jaclyn’s background is multidisciplinary, with PhDs in Psychology (2011) and Education (2021).
Jaclyn’s leadership has been acknowledged through prestigious awards for innovative teaching practices, including Deakin Teacher of the Year (twice), an AAUT Teaching Excellence Award, and a Citation.
Jaclyn’s research focuses on online self-regulated learning as well as the development, evaluation, and translation of effective online teaching strategies to ensure student success.
School of Architecture and Built Environment, Faculty of Science, Engineering, and the Built Environment (SEBE)
Project: Enriching collaborative problem solving assessment tasks: A focus on learning in digital networks
School of Health and Social Development, Faculty of Health
Project: Experiences of disadvantaged allied health students and their clinical educators regarding assessment fairness during clinical placement
Project: Drug use among university students and perspectives of teachers
School of Psychology, Faculty of Health
Project: Can rethinking authentic assessments for first-year students foster their psychological wellbeing and social connectedness
Deakin Business School, Faculty of Business and Law
Project: Business schools’ assessment design and practice: The role of professional accreditation bodies
School of Education, Faculty of Arts & Education
Project: Belonging, joy and imagined academic futures in the move to online teaching
Project: Applying formative practices to summative assessment: A case study of a large class in the pursuit of sustainable assessment
Project: Online self-reflection
School of Medicine, Faculty of Health
Project: Co-designing effective feedback: working with students and academics as collaborators to purposefully design feedback from clinical assessment
Project: Identifying barriers to assessment completion and submission as well as investigating solutions
Project: Teaching and learning integrity
Project: Assessing the effectiveness of assessment in virtual environments in sport management
School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts & Education
Project: Investigating assessment feedback in medical education
Project: How international students enrolled in a Masters program in the School of Health and Social Development engage with Deakin’s mode of delivery, assessment, and feedback
Dr Mollie Dollinger is a Senior Lecturer in Learning Design at DLF and researches with CRADLE.
Mollie’s research interests include student equity and inclusion, student voice and graduate employability.
Dr Helen Walker is CRADLE’s Research Manager. Helen assists the team with their research as well as manages CRADLE’s popular Seminar Series, International Symposia, and publications.
Professor Rola Ajjawi has a Bachelor’s Honours Degree in Physiotherapy and worked as a physiotherapist and clinical educator before moving into academia full-time.
Rola conducts research into work-integrated learning, assessment and feedback, evaluative judgement, professional identity formation, and student engagement, failure and persistence. Rola is one of the top Australian researchers in these fields.
Rola is Deputy Editor of the journal Medical Education and on the editorial board of Teaching in Higher Education.
Dr Joanna Tai has a background in higher and health professions education.
Joanna’s research interests include student perspectives on learning and assessment from university to the workplace, peer-assisted learning, feedback, assessment literacy, developing capacity for evaluative judgement and research synthesis.
Professor Margaret Bearman holds a first class honours degree in computer science and a PhD in medical education.
Margaret’s interests are broad ranging and include assessment in university education, feedback in healthcare contexts, simulation and learning in a digital world.
Recognition for her work includes Program Innovation awards from the Australian Office of Learning and Teaching and Simulation Australasia.
Alfred Deakin Professor David Boud is Co-Director of CRADLE.
Professor Boud is also Emeritus Professor at the University of Technology Sydney and Professor of Work and Learning at Middlesex University. He is Australia’s most internationally renowned educational researcher in higher education. He is a global leader in the fields of higher education, workplace learning, and assessment and feedback.
His work is used both by researchers and scholars committed to the development of teaching and learning and he has changed the foundations of assessment practice through pioneering research and development.
Professor Phill Dawson is Co-Director of CRADLE.
Professor Dawson holds a PhD in Higher Education and a first-class honours degree in Computer Science. He also has over a decade of university teaching experience and he has been awarded four university-level teaching awards and a citation from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council.
Phill researches assessment in higher education, focusing on feedback and cheating, predominantly in digital learning contexts. His 2021 book Defending Assessment Security in a Digital World explores how cheating is changing and what educators can do about it.