Towards a Paradigm Shift to Assessment of the Learning Process and Application of Cross-disciplinary Knowledge


Professor Phillip DAWSON
Associate Director, Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning, Deakin University, Australia
(Consultant of Hong Kong Baptist University)


Professor Phillip Dawson is Associate Director of the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning. Phill researches assessment in higher education, focusing on feedback and cheating, predominantly in digital learning contexts. His 2021 book Defending Assessment Security in a Digital World explores how cheating is changing and what educators can do about it. Professor Dawson has over a decade of university teaching experience and he has been awarded four university-level teaching awards and a citation from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council. Phill disseminates his work through scholarly journals and popular/social media. He has published in the top journals relevant to assessment and educational technology, as well as top generalist education journals. His work has been featured in major Australian and international print, online, radio and television outlets, and cited in the Australian Senate. Phill maintains a strong presence on The Conversation, and his higher education YouTube channel receives more than 100 hours of viewing per month.

Emeritus Professor Janice ORRELL
Flinders University, Australia
(Consultant of Hong Kong Baptist University)


Emeritus Professor Janice Orrell at Flinders University focusing on Work Integrated Learning (WIL), assessment in higher education. She is a co-author of the book Work Integrated Learning: A Guide to Effective Practice (2010), and the author of the WIL Good Practice Guide (2011). She is an advisory consultant/evaluator for national higher education projects and an Academic Board member in Higher Education institutions. In 2021 she received the USA Cooperative Education and Internship Association (CEIA) James W Wilson award for outstanding contribution to research, and in 2022 she received a HERDSA Leadership Award for her leadership in higher education research and development.

Professor Kay SAMBELL
Visiting Professor of Assessment for Learning at the University of Sunderland and the University of Cumbria, UK
(Consultant of The Education University of Hong Kong)


Professor Kay Sambell is widely known internationally for her contributions to the Assessment for Learning (AfL) movement in Higher Education, which seeks to emphasize the ways in which assessment processes can be designed to support and developing students' learning, as well as measure it. She has directed a number of large-scale research and development projects investigating and enhancing students' experiences of learning, and was a co-director of Northumbria University's Centre for Excellence (CETL) in Assessment for Learning, a university-wide initiative where she led on Assessment for Learning Enhancement and student engagement. Having worked as a Professor of Learning and Teaching at Northumbria University and Edinburgh Napier University, Kay is currently an independent consultant and Visiting Professor of Assessment for Learning at the University of Sunderland and the University of Cumbria.

Kay helped to establish and support a series of international conferences aimed at rethinking assessment practice. She is currently President of the vibrant Assessment in Higher Education (AHE) conference series, ( which leads the development of assessment for learning. She has recently published, with Professor Sally Brown, a suite of guidance notes to support busy practitioners with the assessment challenges presented by the pandemic, all of which are available to download from