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Guest Talk: Designing Assessment for An Age of AI by Prof. Phillip (Phill) Dawson

Invited by the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and the Language and Culture Center (LCC), Professor Phillip (Phill) Dawson presented his research on assessment design in the time of artificial intelligence to the DKU community on Nov. 28th, 2023.

The recording of the Zoom presentation and the following Q&A is available here

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As AI grows increasingly capable of passing high-stakes tests, concerns mount over AI-enabled cheating and the sustainability of current assessments. 

In this talk, Prof. Dawson draws on his leadership of a major Australian project on assessment reform in the AI era. Focused on resolving tensions between readying students for an AI-powered world and ensuring assessment integrity, he explores how assessments must adapt for these changing times.


Speaker BIO:

Professor Phillip (Phill) Dawson is the Co-Director of the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE) at Deakin University. An expert on assessment validity in the digital age, his research addresses threats like AI-enabled cheating and exclusionary assessments. Prof. Dawson has published extensively on topics spanning assessment security, academic integrity, inclusive assessments, feedback, and beyond. His latest books include “Defending Assessment Security in a Digital World” (Routledge, 2021) and the co-edited “Re-imagining University Assessment in a Digital World” (Springer, 2020).Originally trained in AI and cybersecurity, Prof. Dawson brings a unique perspective to assessment in the era of emerging technologies. He performs improv comedy in his spare time and produces the academia-focused comedy show The Peer Revue.