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Simon Knight attends CRADLE Symposium on Digital Assessment Technologies

On October 16-17, CIC academic Simon Knight attended Deakin University’s “Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning” (CRADLE) International Symposium entitled Re-imagining assessment in a digital world. The Open Forum event featured a panel of domestic and international experts working in the fields of learning science and analytics. Participants reflected on how technology is transforming teaching and learning in higher education. Whilst there are many exciting possibilities in...
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Dr Simon Knight on “fake news”, epistemic cognition & the double-edged sword of data

CIC Lecturer Dr Simon Knight has produced an article for The British Psychological Society addressing the rise of so-called "fake news", and the way we process information online. The piece, entitled "A lens on fake news" begins as follows: Every day we face complex situations in which the information we need, and who we trust to provide that information, has a very real impact on our lives. How do we evaluate the competing claims of politicians on climate change policy, or Brexit; navigate med...
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State-of-the-art reports published on Learning Analytics and Artificial Intelligence in Education

CIC contributes to new reports on the state of the art of Learning Analytics and Artificial Intelligence in Education Australia is fortunate to have some of the leading researchers in Learning Analytics and Artificial Intelligence in Education,some of them being founders of these fields. Over the last year, CIC’s senior researchers Kirsty Kitto and Simon Buckingham Shum have been working with colleagues across the country on a series of research articles, documenting the state of play, and the ...
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PhD Stage 3 Seminar: Sophie Abel – Towards Automated Feedback on Students’ Research Writing: Theory, Design and Evaluation

Thesis Title: Towards Automated Feedback on Students’ Research Writing: Theory, Design and Evaluation PhD candidate: Sophie Abel Abstract Please note that this is an open Stage 3 PhD seminar, in which the candidate will summarise her research, prior to a viva with reviewers. Your support and constructive feedback are most welcome!  Effective research writing skills are essential for Higher Degree Research (HDR) students. Research funding restructures and new university policy d...
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CIC@LAK22: thought leadership and hard evidence

CIC provides UTS with both thought leadership and hard evidence about Learning Analytics. So it’s no surprise that the team will present multiple times at the premier international forum next month... Universities risk implementing data/analytics strategies that make little impact on real practice, if they don’t work closely with the academics, tutors and students who are expected to use those new tools. This human-centred design approach is one of CIC’s hallmarks, so running through our work...
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What is rigour in learning analytics, and how can we foster it?

The challenge: Over a little more than a decade, the field of learning analytics (LA) has grown. LA has always been characterised as a multidisciplinary field. As the field continues to grow, fuelled by research from multiple perspectives, the question of rigor has become increasingly critical. How can we characterize “quality” in LA work with reference to the confluence of other domains that make up the field? Are there additional features that are distinctive to LA? In their 2019 editorial the...
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LAK21 Workshop: Responsible Learning Analytics: Creating just, ethical, and caring LA systems

Date April 12, 2021 - 1 PM to 4 PM PST (according to LAK pre-conference schedule) Abstract Ethical considerations and the values embedded in the design and use of Learning Analytics (LA) systems have received considerable attention. However, little is known about how conceptual understandings of ethics work in practice and what tensions practitioners (e.g., researchers, teachers, learners) experience when designing or using LA with care. This interactive workshop will provide partic...
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Building data and analytics literacy

CIC has created engaging online modules and runs regular workshops to help diverse learners get hands-on with data and analytics. Engaging online modules  Building data literacy is now one of the most important qualities in today’s degree programs, and the workplace. CIC has published several engaging, short modules that help learners get hands-on with analysing data, and thinking about the ethical dimensions. These modules, on UTS Open, are being used by the public for free, by UTS students a...
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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. Register now! Innovating learning analytics for sustainable impact Simon Buckingham Shum, Cassandra Colvin, Shane Dawson, Danny Liu, Pablo Munguia and Yi-Shan Tsai Using Canvas data for learning analytics! Kirsty Kitto, Amelia Brennan, Danny Liu, Travis Cox and Steve Le...
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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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