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AI Education Symposium: Frontiers, Trenches & Guard Rails

9.15am (coffee + networking) 10am - 4.30pm (inc. lunch), Friday 10 November 2023, University of Technology Sydney [venue map] A joint event hosted by the Connected Intelligence Centre and the Centre for Research on Education in a Digital Society We're full! Registration now closed. There have been several “AI winters” over the decades when early hopes fizzled out. But they laid key foundations, and right now we are in the sweltering heat of a new AI summer. Most experts in...
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Belonging Analytics: new concept, paper, webinar, community

Connecting the fields of student belonging and learning analytics: "Belonging Analytics" As with every purposeful human endeavour, motivation for learning and becoming a professional within a discipline is enhanced when individuals feel a sense of belonging. In the context of education, belonging refers to students’ subjective feeling of being a valued member of the learning community, that comes from a sense of connection with others as well as to the course of study. This affective dimensio...
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CIC celebrates 3 PhD graduates

Last week, CIC celebrated 3 of our students as they graduate with their PhD.  Dr. Vanessa Echeverria Barzola Year of completion: 2020 (commenced 2016) Thesis title: 'Designing Feedback for Collocated Teams using Multimodal Learning Analytics' Supervisor/s: Prof. Simon Buckingham Shum & Dr. Roberto Maldonado Martinez Thesis access link: https://opus.lib.uts.edu.au/handle/10453/140936 Dr. Vanessa Echeverria Barzola is now a Postdoctoral Fellow at Monash University, Austra...
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New CIC publication explores the intersection between big data and education

Using causal models to bridge the divide between big data and educational theory By Kirsty Kitto, Ben Hicks and Simon Buckingham Shum.  Available via the British Journal of Educational Technology (https://bera-journals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/bjet.13321) Published: 2023 The following abstract is extracted from the publication. With the proliferation of data in educational settings it is becoming even more important to ensure analytical results are grounded in r...
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PhD Stage 1 Seminar: Sriram Ramanathan – Understanding how automated feedback promotes a sense of belonging, engagement, and academic achievement in higher education

PhD Candidate: Sriram Ramanathan Please note that this is an open Stage 1 PhD seminar, in which the candidate will summarise their research, prior to a viva with reviewers. Your support and constructive feedback are most welcome! Abstract: This is a PhD Stage 1 seminar to present and share the identified gaps in the literature review, proposed research questions, early results, and proposal for further investigations. An integral component of a student’s journey is about them fe...
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PhD Stage 2 Seminar: Yuveena Gopalan – Researchers’ Perceptions on Becoming a Better Researcher

Registration This is a hybrid event and registration is required. Please register for face-to-face attendance by contacting us here or you may attend via Zoom here (https://utsmeet.zoom.us/j/87096621402?from=addon). Thesis Title: Researchers' Perceptions on Becoming a Better Researcher PhD candidate: Yuveena Gopalan Please note that this is an open Stage 2 PhD seminar. Your support and constructive feedback are most welcome! Abstract Professional development is vital and necess...
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AI Ethics Consultation 2023

Photo by Maxime VALCARCE on Unsplash Update, 2 Nov 2023: Student Partnership in AI Workshop Reports    Advancing education using state of the art AI UTS is committed to the responsible use of the most advanced technologies to improve student success. We therefore want to consult with students on two new advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI): > Generative AI has hit the headlines in the last 6 month with the release of ChatGPT, which is a breakthrough in AI. ...
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Learner Profiles

Learning Analytics for Learner Profile Development Chairs:   Vitomir Kovanovic (UniSA) & Simon Buckingham Shum (UTS) This session was convened at ALASI22 on 8 Dec. The agenda and slides are below, followed by the session description in the program. It was attended by researchers and practitioners from both higher education and the K-12 schools sector, and sparked some lively discussion which we hope will be the springboard to future events. The briefings were very brief, so we've added l...
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Belonging Analytics

       Towards Learning Analytics for Belonging was a new workshop launched by CIC at ALASI22 that formally charted a new direction in the field of learning analytics — student sense of belonging. While students' sense of belonging has long been recognised as a significant factor in their ability to thrive in an academic environment, this concept is not well-understood. The lack of clarity has implications on the way belonging is measured, tracked, and supported. Facilitated by Lisa-Angeli...
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ALASI 2022: CIC hosts the 2022 Australian Learning Analytics Summer Institute

After a 2-year hiatus, CIC had the pleasure of hosting the annual Australian chapter of the Learning Analytics Summer Institute as an in-person event over 8 and 9 December at UTS. This year’s event was organised by leaders in the learning analytics field from different Australian Universities including UTS, as well as a student representative. Considering how the pandemic had prevented the community – especially PhD students – from gathering together in person, the event was planned to be highl...
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