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CIC@Pharmacy Life Long Learning 2021

CIC's long term work with Cherie Lucas (School of Pharmacy) was the focus of a workshop last week at the 13th International Conference on Life Long Learning in Pharmacy, joint with Efi Mantzourani (Cardiff U.) sharing what we have been learning about the effective use of AcaWriter's automated feedback to support reflective writing. Full details below, including the slides. Lucas, C., Buckingham Shum, S. & Mantzourani, E. (2021). The Art of Reflection: Provisions and Companions in our Profes...
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ALASI2019: The Fifth Writing Analytics Workshop: Linking Reflective Writing Analytics to Learning Design

Ming Liu1, Rosalie Goldsmith2,Sumati Ahuja3, Xiaodi Huang4 Abstract Reflective writing is a fundamental learning activity across learning contexts. With the recent advancement of natural language processing techniques, text analytics are able to identify salient textual features of students’ written assignments, such as academic reflective essays and reflective statements, and generate actionable feedback. However, how to best use reflective writing analytics tools, such as AcaWriter, in d...
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Ensuring automated feedback is pedagogically sound (DAFFI 2020)

We all know that feedback is critical for learning — and we all appreciate how demanding this can be for educators to provide, to many students, in a consistently motivating, and detailed way. This is a challenge studied by educational researchers of feedback design and feedback literacy.   Designing Automated Feedback for Impact brought some of the leading researchers in this field into a 2-day dialogue with researchers developing automated-feedback tools using Learning Analytics/AI.  The or...
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Immediate, personalised feedback on reflective writing

The start of the new year is a good moment to distill the key ingredients of the 2 year collaboration around writing analytics (automated feedback to students on their reflective writing), that CIC has built with UTS academic Cherie Lucas from our School of Pharmacy. As with other collaborations (such as with Pip Ryan on her students' legal writing), it exemplifies the co-design process that we initiate with academics, in which we iteratively seek to design an automated feedback tool that st...
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CIC Farewells Staff

At the end of 2017, we said goodbye to six of the team! Theresa Anderson, Simon Knight, Jack Schmidt and Kailash Awati moved with the Master of Data Science and Innovation (MDSI) to the new Faculty of Transdisciplinary Innovation (FTI), with Simon securing a new Lectureship (congrats!). With the subsequent reduction in student related activity, we also farewelled our Course Manager, Georgia Markakis, who is now the Program and Events Manager at Chief Executive Women. And last but not least, ...
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CIC@LAK18

  The International Conference on Learning Analytics & Knowledge (LAK) is the premier research conference in the field of Learning Analytics. Acceptance rates are 30%, double-blind peer reviewed, with archival proceedings in the ACM Digital Library. After a year's planning, for the first time, LAK comes to the southern hemisphere, right on our doorstep in Sydney CBD. CIC’s Director Simon Buckingham Shum is a scientific Program Co-Chair, and all of CIC’s researchers including PhD stu...
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Are you coming to LAK18?

Things are ramping up to the 8th International Learning Analytics & Knowledge Conference (LAK18), which comes to Sydney next March, the first time it has been hosted in the southern hemisphere. LAK is the primary research conference in the field, and the official conference of the Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR).   CIC’s Director Simon Buckingham Shum helped to found the first LAK in 2011, is a former Vice-President of SoLAR, and is serving as Co-Chair of the LAK18 s...
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CIC collaboration with UTS:Pharmacy wins Teaching Innovation Prize

CIC Researchers Simon Buckingham-Shum, Andrew Gibson and Adam Aitken, along with Cherie Lucas from UTS Pharmacy have been awarded a Teaching Innovation Prize in Italy for their poster summarising their development of the Academic Writing Analytics (AWA) tool for student self-reflection. The poster, entitled "Utilisation of a novel online educational tool to assist pharmacy students to self-critique reflective writing tasks" explains the objectives and designs of the tool, which has already bee...
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CIC academic presents at international learning analytics conferences in Europe

In April 2017, CIC academics Roberto Martinez-Maldonado, Andrew Gibson and Simon Buckingham-Shum had multiple learning analytics research papers accepted for two international conferences held in Romania and Slovakia this month (July 2017). ICALT 2017 (International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies) was held in the city of Timisoara, Romania from July 3-7; and UMAP 2017 (User Modelling, Adaptation and Personalisation) took place in Bratislava, Slovakia from July 9-12.   R...
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Learning Analytics Summer Institute 2017

This year's field-building Learning Analytics Summer Institute, organised by SoLAR, was once again hosted at U. Michigan with satellite LASI-Locals running internationally (e.g. for reference, here's the 2016 program). CIC's Simon Buckingham Shum and Andrew Gibson made contributions on several fronts... Opening keynote address Learning Analytics vs. Cognitive Automation (replay the talk below • PDF slides • replay the other keynotes). Andrew led training in Writing Analytics, explaining our...
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