Professor Phillip Dawson

Professor Phillip Dawson


Profile picture of Phillip DawsonCo-Director, Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning

Deakin University

PhD (Education), BCompSci (Hons)



Web page:

Twitter: @phillipdawson

Research interests:

I research assessment in higher education. My current foci are:

  1. Feedback and feedback literacy
  2. Academic integrity and cheating

with a special interest in how these play out in digital contexts.

Key projects:

Assessment design decisions

Feedback for learning


Please get in touch about projects in my areas of interest.


Full list on Google Scholar

Five publications relevant to DER:

Can training improve marker accuracy at detecting contract cheating? A multi-disciplinary pre-post study. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 2019. Dawson, P. & Sutherland-Smith, W.

How technology shapes assessment design: Findings from a study of university teachers. British Journal of Educational Technology, 2017. Bennett, S., Dawson, P., Bearman, M., Molloy, E. & Boud, D.

Five ways to hack and cheat with bring-your-own-device electronic examinations. British Journal of Educational Technology, 2016. Dawson, P.

Motivation and cognitive load in the flipped classroom: definition, rationale and a call for research. Higher Education Research & Development, 2015. Abeysekera, L. &Dawson, P.

Our anonymous online research participants are not always anonymous: Is this a problem? British Journal of Educational Technology 2014. Dawson, P