Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE)


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 Alfred Deakin 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.


Professor Margaret Bearman and Dr Joanna Tai

Research themes

CRADLE’s underpinning premise is improving learning in higher and professional education. The Centre has three broad and intersecting research themes:

  • assessing for learning
  • learning in a digital world
  • learning through, and for, work.

Our current programs of research are:

  • The digital world and its impact on learning and teaching
  • Feedback and feedback practices
  • Learning in and for the workplace
  • Evaluative judgement
  • Assessment security and academic integrity
  • Inclusion and belonging in a digital world
  • Representation in and beyond assessment

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.

The CRADLE team

Alfred Deakin Professor David Boud

Professor Phillip Dawson

Professor, Research
Professor Margaret Bearman

Senior Research Fellow
Dr Joanna Tai

Research Manager
Dr Helen Walker

Associate Research Fellow
Kevin Dullaghan

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assessment, feedback, higher education