The Centre for Research and Development in Learning (CRADLE) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) serves as an activity and technology incubator for researching and transforming learning in higher education. We aim to enhance learning by developing effective technologies, mindful learning environments, and motivating activity designs that are supported by empirical research. To achieve these ends, CRADLE engages with students, professionals, and the teaching community to identify research needs, support development opportunities, and diffuse research outcomes.
CRADLE examines learning at multiple levels of granularity. By understanding learning within the individual, in a group, among a community, and dispersed through cyberspace, we seek to find new avenues for preparing learners for a changing world. Our pursuits range from examining what physically transpires in the brain and body during learning to analysing the impacts of what happens in the physical and virtual world because of learning.
CRADLE embraces interdisciplinary research and leverages knowledge and methods from Education, Psychology, Neuroscience and Technology Design to foster theories that explain learning in all of its forms. We believe that transformative innovation can happen at the nexus of these different fields. Our research strands provide synergies between these disciplines in the hopes such collaborative efforts may give way to a New Science of Learning.
The translational research of CRADLE comes from widening the areas in which learning is studied, improving assessments of learning, and designing processes to rapidly bring proven innovations to scale in both traditional NTU classrooms and technology enhanced courses.