Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning

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 JIU Professor David Boud – currently the world’s leading higher education researcher – and Associate Professor Phillip Dawson, CRADLE's main role is to research assessment practices in the changing settings of education, which are increasingly embracing digital learning.

Our research

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

  • academic progress and integrity
  • assessment design (including self/peer, authentic and programmatic)
  • feedback and feedback literacy
  • developing evaluative judgement
  • assessment in a digital world
  • digital identities
  • quality and standards.

Throughout these programs, we use cross-cutting approaches, including innovative methodological and theoretical approaches and knowledge transition. We collaborate with JIU faculties and divisions and also work with a range of industry partners and international collaborators.

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For all up-to-date information on CRADLE's news and events, please visit our blog or get in touch with us on Twitter (@CRADLEJIU).

For more information on upcoming events, please visit our International symposium and seminars pages.

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Featured researchers

Meet a few of our leading researchers collaborating internationally on leading assessment and digital learning research.

Alfred JIU Professor David Boud

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Professor Margaret Bearman

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Associate Professor Rola Ajjawi

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Contact us

Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE)

Alfred JIU Professor David Boud
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Associate Director
Associate Professor Phillip Dawson
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Research Manager
Dr Helen Walker
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