Happy holidays: CRADLE year in review 2020

It’s hard to believe that 2020, a year that feels like it’s lasted 37 months, is finally drawing to a close. It’s been a challenging year as we’ve adjusted to working from home, social distancing, hours of Zoom meetings, homeschooling, a rapid pivot to emergency remote learning, lockdowns and curfews, shifting events online, separation from family and friends, and so much uncertainty. While we’re lucky here in Australia to be experiencing relative normality for the moment, we know many of our friends around the world are still facing challenging times ahead.

But the year hasn’t been all bad – we’ve learnt new ways of working, explored different ways of collaborating, expanded means of participating, and discovered new capabilities. We’ve put together some of the year’s highlights, along with the top CRADLE News posts for 2020, to recognise the many great achievements for CRADLE this year. Take care this holiday break – we’ll be back with more news, events and research in 2021!

Highlights of 2020

Despite the chaos of 2020, there have been plenty of amazing achievements for CRADLE staff and students this year. Congratulations all!

Most read in 2020

It’s been another bumper year for CRADLE News, with more visitors than ever before and from every continent except Antarctica (we really must work on growing our audience down there). This year, with the shift to emergency remote teaching and online assessment, academic integrity and practical resources proved popular with our readers, as did useful tips from the CRADLE team on everything from understanding Google Metrics to writing 75,000 words in seven weeks. The topics of feedback and evaluative judgement also remain perennial favourites.

  • Sword vs Bukowski, or how I wrote a 75,000-word book in seven weeks
    Our most popular read for 2020! If you need some writing inspiration, check out A/Prof. Phillip Dawson’s account of writing his recent book, Defending Assessment Security in a Digital World. Phill outlines the four simple and practical steps he used, which can be adapted to any type of writing you need to get done – whether it’s a report, a journal article, a chapter or even a whole book on your holiday to-do list!
  • Cheating and COVID-19: some CRADLE suggestions
    With the rapid shift to emergency remote teaching earlier this year, new concerns about academic integrity and assessment security emerged. We put together a two-page resource for our CRADLE suggests… series with practical suggestions for addressing cheating in online learning, drawn from research from CRADLE and the broader literature.
  • Latest developments in feedback research
    Feedback research and publications continue to evolve at a lively rate, with CRADLE and its associates at the forefront of developments over the past few months. This post from CRADLE Honorary Professor David Carless offers an overview of selected recent developments in feedback research. Only a few weeks old and already racing up our most-read charts!
  • A look at Google Scholar metrics
    We all use Google Scholar, but what on earth do its metrics actually mean? It seems a lot of people have the same question, judging by the popularity of this post from Dr Joanna Tai! Jo digs through the data to demystify Google Scholar’s metrics system – she explains how best to use these metrics, and also takes a look at how CRADLE went in the 2019 metrics.
  • Evaluative judgement: What, why & how? CRADLE Seminar Series
    In one of our most popular seminars from 2019, Jo explored what evaluative judgement is, why it’s important for our students, and how it can be developed. This seminar recap from CRADLE PhD student Juan Fischer remains a hit with our readers, and views of the recording make this seminar one of our most-watched.
  • Suggestions for using remote proctored exams
    They’ve been around (and controversial) for a while but, in the current pandemic context, remote proctored exams are a hotter topic than ever before. So, if you do need to use an invigilated online exam, be sure to check out Phill’s ten practical suggestions for making the most of the format while addressing the potential risks and harms.
  • “What do you think they’re going to do to me?” Student experiences of formal academic integrity processes
    What does a sitcom have to do with academic integrity? Find out in this post by Deakin University Student Association senior advocate Dr Penelope Pitt, as she outlines the surprising parallels between a poolside academic integrity hearing in an episode of Community, and the experiences of a group rarely heard from in academic integrity research – students who face an allegation of cheating.
World map displaying international visitors to the blog in 2020

International visitors to the blog in 2020

Feature image: monicore on Pixabay

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