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Please join us for our CRADLE’s 2021 Symposium - Panel Session - Big questions and ideas in inclusive assessment

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In this Panel and Q&A Session leading researchers Prof Phillip Dawson, Dr Ben Whitburn, Prof Sarah O'Shea and Dr Jessamy Gleeson will talk about the big questions and ideas in inclusive assessment that have arisen from the symposium.

This year’s annual symposium brings together researchers in the fields of higher education assessment, inclusion and social justice, to share ideas, research and practice, and problematise the concept of inclusive assessment. It aims to take stock of what has already been done (both practical and conceptual), identify areas of synergy for collaboration, and develop a research agenda that serves to improve the equity of assessment in higher education.

Integral to the Symposium are our publicly available sessions including two keynote presentations (register here) and this Panel and Q&A Session which will promote interactive and thought provoking discussions with experts in these areas of significant academic research.


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Prof Phillip Dawson is the Associate Director of the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE) at Deakin University. He researches assessment, feedback and cheating, all predominantly within online learning contexts. His most recent books are Defending Assessment Security in a Digital World (Routledge) and the co-edited volume Re-Imagining University Assessment in a Digital World (Springer).

Dr Ben Whitburn is Senior Lecturer of Inclusive Education and Director of the Masters of Specialist Inclusive Education at Deakin University. Ben teaches directly into the postgraduate suite of programs in the School of Education, specifically in relation to interpreting evidence in context, inclusive curriculum and assessment design, and applying frameworks of inclusive pedagogy. Through research Ben seeks to heighten educational equity across the sectors by reorientating theory, policy and current practices in education towards affirmative approaches to working with diverse ways of being and knowing. With a particular interest in theorising inclusive education using critical disability perspectives, Ben has published a body of work including ‘A Right to be Included: The Best and Worst of Times for Learners with Disabilities’ with Matthew Thomas in the Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research (2021), and Disability at the University: A Disabled Student's Manifesto (2019), a book co-edited with Dr Chris McMaster and published with Peter Lang.

Professor Sarah O’Shea is the Director, National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) and a national and international recognised educator and researcher. Sarah has spent nearly thirty years working to effect change within the higher education sector through research that focuses on the access and participation of students from identified equity groups. Institutional and nationally funded projects advance understanding of how under-represented student cohorts enact success within university, navigate transition into and through this environment, manage competing identities and negotiate aspirations for self and others. Sarah has also held numerous university leadership positions, which have directly informed changes across the Australian higher education sector, particularly in the field of educational equity. She has published extensively and has been awarded nearly $AUD4 million in grant funding since 2009, Sarah has also been recognised as an Australian Learning and Teaching Fellow (ALTF), a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA), and a Churchill Fellow (CF).

Dr Jessamy Gleeson is a Senior Lecturer (Indigenous Knowledges) and an Associate Director (Teaching and Learning) at Deakin's NIKERI Institute. Jessamy completed a PhD at Swinburne University, with a specific focus on contemporary feminist activism in social media spaces. During her time at NIKERII, Jessamy has helped to build the IND minor in the Bachelor of Arts - the first Indigenous Studies minor at Deakin. Alongside this, Jess acts as the course director for the Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Research, and leads the IND unit curriculum development.

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