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March 2019

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Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the first newsletter of 2019, in which we review highlights from the close of last year, and the launch of this one.

Learn more about the progress we're making using data, analytics and AI to close the loop to students with personalised, data-driven feedback.

Learn how text analytics is developing to make sense of the comments we receive from thousands of student survey responses.
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Simon Buckingham Shum
Director, Connected Intelligence Centre
Professor of Learning Informatics


Learn how CIC has been engaging with colleagues at UTS and far beyond, to develop human-centred data science in education.

Harnessing Data Science to Protect Women’s Rights

When a woman is leading the country, do they pass more pro-women laws? Can we say that one country has a better law for women than another, when it comes to domestic violence, tax or some other piece of legislation? Until now, there was no way to answer such questions in a rigorous way. But Ramona Vijeyarasa (UTS Chancellor’s Post-Doctoral …
Harnessing Data Science to Protect Women’s Rights

Data science to support UTS students’ English language development

Data science to support UTS students’ English language development
UTS has a strong commitment to ensuring that academic English is at an acceptable standard for all students across all disciplines. In addition, a number of standards are required by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). These factors led to the establishment of an English Language Working Group (ELWG) to embed the raising of English language ability across …

CIC showcases at EduTECH Australia

CIC’s Director Simon Buckingham Shum was honoured to be invited to present at EduTECH Australia. With over 10,000 delegates, Simon shared the advanced feedback tools being used by UTS educators and students, emphasising the need to use technology to advance progressive teaching and learning. Replay his 20min talk and download his slides, which introduce the work of our final year …
CIC showcases at EduTECH Australia

Welcome Andrey!

Welcome Andrey!
We are delighted to announce that Andrey Inkin has joined CIC as a Full Stack Developer…Welcome! Andrey grew up in Russia and has a keen interest in the Information Technology industry. With over ten years of experience in enterprise scale technology environments and web development, Andrey is a valuable asset to the CIC team. As a previous Senior Web Developer …

Farewell to Roberto Martinez-Maldonado

CIC Research Fellow Roberto Martinez-Maldonado was our first postdoctoral researcher, appointed in 2015! After an outstanding fellowship forging collaborations across the university, he has just secured a Senior Lectureship at Monash University where he will no doubt take his work to the next level: “Thank you all for sharing your love, time and friendship with me. I will bring your …
Farewell to Roberto Martinez-Maldonado

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Simon Buckingham Shum
LX.Lab I 4 Oct 2018

Human-Centred Data Science: Principles & Practices of CIC's work

Human-Centred Data Science pays explicit attention to the human factors in the conception, design and delivery of data, analytics and AI. In this talk, Simon describe how this work is conducted in CIC, as we invent, deploy and evaluate data/AI-intensive analytics tools for teaching and learning in UTS. This seminar is part of the UTS Research Hub (RESHub).
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Welcome Muna!

CIC warmly welcomes Muna Musarrat who recently came on board the team. Muna is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at CIC, with a keen focus on U@Uni Academy project. I was born in Chittagong, Bangladesh as the youngest and eighth member of my family. We all moved to Malaysia when I was four. I went to primary school where I was first …
Welcome Muna!

Welcome Mahesh!

Welcome Mahesh!
We are delighted to announce that Mahesh Jeshani has joined CIC as a UX/Front End Developer...Welcome! I was born and grew up in Nairobi, Kenya. I have always been fascinated by all things digital; A hobby project that comes to mind is the sheer excitement I had, on successfully broadcasting a digital signal wirelessly using my own FM radio. At …

Welcome Aida!

We are delighted to announce that Aida Haile has joined CIC as an Administrative Assistant...Welcome! I was born in Adelaide, Australia but grew up in Sydney. Currently, I am studying a Master of Science majoring in Mathematical and Statistical Modelling at the University of Technology Sydney. During my undergraduate degree I was fascinated with the world of Data Science and …
Welcome Aida!

Farewell to Ratha Ang

Farewell to Ratha Ang
Last week we said goodbye to Ratha Ang, our Administrative Assistant. She has been part of CIC's professional team since 2017. Her dedication and ability to strive has seen her take on a new opportunity as a Travel and Administration Officer in The School of International Studies and Education at UTS. Ratha’s considerate and warm-hearted personality will surely be missed. …

Nikhil Sarathy: Towards Lifelong Learning Infrastructure

My research focuses on the implications that lifelong learning will have for the educational data infrastructure. This currently provides poor support for challenges such as the Recognition of Prior learning (RPL) as people move between formal education and in/out of workplaces. My research is analysing the possibility of a “learner model” that could summarise key aspects of a learner’s knowledge …
Nikhil Sarathy: Towards Lifelong Learning Infrastructure
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CIC led the Higher Education Text Analytics project (HETA), funded by the Australian Technology Network (ATN) Grants Scheme for Excellence in Learning and Teaching.

Tuning text analytics for student business reports

30 Nov 2018
UTS doctoral researcher Shibani Antonette developed a resource describing the contextualisation of AcaWriter for Accounting students. Shibani describes how a learning design pattern developed for Law students has been adapted to the requirements of the Business Faculty.
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Progress with the Text Analytics Pipeline (TAP)

20 Nov 2018
The Text Analytics Pipeline (TAP) software underwent significant improvements. A batch mode now allows the processing of unlimited numbers of documents from Amazon S3 Cloud storage....
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Building a bespoke language model for student feedback

20 Nov 2018
In the course of investigating the use of Natural Language Processing and machine learning tools to better extract and navigate our student comments data, it became apparent that many tools have some shortcomings when used on this type of text.
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Contextualisable learning analytics for writing support

13 Nov 2018
UTS doctoral researcher Shibani Antonette gave a presentation toward the end of 2018 on text analytics for writing analysis. The key question she tackles is how we scale text analytics whilst also recognising the important contextual differences of students engaged in different kinds of writing, in different disciplines.
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Monash University I 23 - 24 Nov 2018

CIC @ ALASI 2018

CIC is making major contributions to training the next generation of Learning Analytics researchers and practitioners. At the forthcoming Australian Learning Analytics Summer Institute, the team is helping to run five sessions
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Latest advances in personalised feedback to nursing teams

14 Dec 2018
In an exciting new paper from the Health Simulation Analytics project, we document our approach to give meaning to multimodal group activity data, in order to give personalised feedback to teams as quickly as possible..
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Immediate, Personalised Feedback on reflective

1 Feb 2019
A two year collaboration between CIC and UTS academics to design a feedback tool that assists students with improving their drafts prior to submission.
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UTS Connected Intelligence Centre
Ideation Studio I 13 Feb 2019

Media Monitoring and Racism

A conversation hosted by CIC, in collaboration with racial equality organisation - All Together Now. It explored ways in which UTS and All Together Now can use analytics and machine learning to automate the monitoring of racism in the media and consequently, combat this discrimination.
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Ideation Studio I 18 Feb 2019

OnTask & Learning Analytics API Workshop

This workshop brought together system architects from multiple universities interested in the future of the OnTask architecture, and the Learning Analytics API (LA-API) architecture.
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Ideation Studio I 19 Feb 2019

UX/LX Workshop on Personalised Feedback

CIC hosted a workshop on the design of good User and Learner Experiences with systems providing automated, personalised student feedback at scale. Replay the stunning keynote from Holly Derry.
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Ideation Studio I 21 Feb 2019

SWARM Collective Intelligence in Action

SWARM is a platform aimed at improving analytical reasoning in intelligence work. In large-scale testing, teams on SWARM showed they could produce remarkably better reasoning than control teams. Replay this exciting seminar from Tim van Gelder.
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Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference (LAK) 2019

4 - 8 March 2019
CIC had a strong presence at LAK2019 with 7 of the current team actively participating across the 2 days of workshops and hackathons as well as the 3-day conference.
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Team News

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Welcome Nikhil!

CIC warmly welcomes Nikhil Sarathy who came on board the team last month. Nikhil is a doctoral student in Learning Analytics, with a focus on future learning ecosystems and the key challenge of lifelong learner data interoperability.
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Visiting PhD students from South China Normal University

Zhenzhen: "I am a Ph.D. student majoring in Educational Technology.Since September 2017, I have been studying in South China Normal University.My research during this period has involved in a funded projectThis that aims to evaluate students' computational thinking through human-computer interaction and provide actionable and tailored feedback for further learning."
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Xizhe: "My research interests include, learning analytics, big data in education, and service computing. As a visiting student here, I am very grateful for this fantastic opportunity to learn from CIC. I hope some meaningful work could be achieved by cooperation to improve the effect of learning and teaching during these six months.
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Gloria

We welcome our newest PhD candidate Gloria from Colombia!

"The Big Question for me is: how to give meaning to multimodal data to enhance teaching and learning process in blended scenarios? I can see a huge potential in analytics in both physical and virtual spaces, I think linking both could bring the possibility to model learner’s profile in a more complete way."
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