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Congratulations Leonie Payne! How does bias impact student evaluations of teaching?

The goal of Leonie Payne’s PhD thesis — “Bringing Rigour to the Evaluation of Higher Education” — is to provide a sounder theoretical and statistical foundation for the analysis of student evaluations of teaching, gathered the world-over from student surveys. She’s developing a mathematical and conceptual model of bias that will assist those designing and analysing surveys to understand where and how bias may creep into the survey methodology used. Leonie has demonstrated how Monte Carlo resampl...
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PhD Stage 1 Seminar: Leonie Payne – Bringing Rigour to the Evaluation of Higher Education

This is a PhD Stage 1 seminar to present and discuss the proposed gap in the literature review, identified research questions, early results and plans for further investigations. All are welcome to attend, and to provide constructive feedback that will assist the student in preparing the future work for thesis submission. Thesis Title: Bringing Rigour to the Evaluation of Higher Education PhD Candidate: Leonie Payne Abstract Student evaluations of teaching (SETs) are increasingly used in...
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Leonie Payne: Towards Next Gen Surveys of Teaching Effectiveness

My PhD is motivated by the question of educators - "How do I know if my teaching is effective?". Whilst assessment results, peer feedback and teaching portfolio artefacts are useful indicators, student evaluations of teaching surveys are used in the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT). The QILT is an annually published survey comparing student experience across higher education institutions and study areas. Though QILT results influence perceptions of university experience, the m...
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Bridget Payne

For the month of June, CIC's admin assistant, Bridget travelled to Bangalore, India to take part in a volunteering internship program with 40K Globe. 40K Globe carries out programs in rural India where Australian university students work on hands-on programs, creating entrepreneurial solutions to issues such as access to education, waste and employment for women. UTS has partnered with 40K Globe to provide grants to UTS students wishing to participate in the 40K Globe program. As part of her pr...
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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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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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ALASI2019: Panel debate – the validity of using student evaluation surveys for performance based funding at Australian universities

Leonie Payne1, Kirsty Kitto1, Michael Pracy1, Jason Lodge2, Abelardo Pardo3 Abstract The Australian Federal Government announced in August 2019 that aspects of the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) Student Experience and Graduate Outcomes surveys will form two of the four key metrics for performance based funding of Australian Universities from 2020. Given the lack of consensus on the validity and appropriate use of student evaluations of teaching, it is time to explore t...
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Are student evaluations of teaching the worst form of evaluation?

At the ALASI conference held at University of Wollongong on 29th November, Leonie Payne, Kirsty Kitto and Mike Pracy hosted a panel debate on the provocation “Student evaluations of teaching are the worst form of evaluation except for all of the others”. A lively debate ensued with the affirmative winning the contest convincingly. The post-debate discussions provided some thoughtful reflections on how the Learning Analytics community can make a valid contribution to policy discussions on the use...
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Quarterly Highlights (Jan-Mar 2016)

The year has been very busy on both the teaching and research fronts, below you will find all the headlines! For more information read our latest UTS CIC Quarterly Newsletter Students studying the Master of Data Science & Innovation (MDSI) have once again emerged victorious in the second NSW government’s Data Analytics Centre invitational hackathon (having won the inaugural one). We have launched our Learning Analytics PhD program with three $35K Scholarships, and are appointing student...
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Publications

Browse recent publications and conference presentations from CIC academic staff and PhD students. (Note: In the computing sciences, educational technology and learning analytics, papers accepted in the premier  conferences are double-blind reviewed, full length articles, archived in the digital libraries of professional societies such as ACM and IEEE.) Shibani, A., Knight, S. and Buckingham Shum, S. (2022). Questioning learning analytics? Cultivating critical engagement as student auto...
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