The Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE) at Deakin University investigates improvements in higher education assessment in the context of a rapidly expanding digital environment. In September/October every year, CRADLE hosts a group of international and national experts to progress international research agendas in the field of higher education assessment and digital learning.

Problematising inclusion, equity, and access in higher education assessment

This year’s symposium brings together researchers in higher education assessment, inclusion and social justice, to share ideas, research and practice, and problematise the concept of inclusive assessment.

The symposium aims to take stock of what has already been achieved, identify areas of synergy for collaboration, and develop a research agenda that serves to improve the equity of assessment in higher education.

These publicly available sessions begin with two keynote presentations to encourage thought-provoking discussions in these areas of significant academic research.

  • Thursday, 21 Oct 2021, 5pm – 6.15pm AEDT – Dr Jan McArthur, Senior Lecturer, Educational Research, Lancaster University – ‘Denouncing Binaries and Compromises: why philosophical perspectives are central to assessment and feedback research, scholarship and practices’
  • Monday 25 Oct 2021, 10.30am – 11.45am AEDT – Prof Penny Jane Burke, Director, Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education and Global Innovation Chair of Equity, The University of Newcastle – ‘Inclusive Assessment: Recognising Difference through Communities of Praxis’

If you would like to attend, registration for the CRADLE Symposium is free.

The Symposium concludes on Tuesday 26 October at 4pm AEDT, with an open panel discussion on Big Questions in Inclusive Assessment featuring researchers Prof. Sarah O’Shea, Dr Jessamy Gleeson, Dr Ben Whitburn and Prof. Phill Dawson.

Feature image by Viktor Forgacs 

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