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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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Using AcaWriter to help develop student writing

  Presenters: Sophie Abel, Shibani Antonette The Connected Intelligence Centre at UTS has developed a Writing Analytics software called ‘AcaWriter’ that can help develop students’ academic writing by providing automatic feedback on their writing. However, using the software standalone without integrating it in its educational context isn’t enough for students to make the best use of it. For learning analytic tools like AcaWriter to have a meaningful impact on learners, the tools should be...
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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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Writing a better Research Abstract: free course + AI feedback!

CIC Doctoral Researcher Sophie Abel specialises in academic writing, and has just published a free course on UTS Open, entitled "Writing an Abstract". Writing an Abstract is about an hour’s tutorial introducing the hallmarks of a good abstract, including a wide range of engaging interactive exercises. The course is based on Sophie’s PhD who brings her expertise in Academic Language & Learning to the challenge of designing automated feedback on writing. The course concepts are carried through...
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CIC @ LAK 2019

CIC was one of the most visible Learning Analytics centres at this year's international conference. Learn more about our diverse contributions. UTS was again contributing strongly at the annual International Conference on Learning Analytics & Knowledge (LAK). This year's LAK was distinctive for CIC, with one of the invited keynotes being delivered by our very own  Shirley Alexander, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education & Students), who told the story of the UTS journey towards ...
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LX Lab: Using AcaWriter to help develop student writing

Presenters: Sophie Abel, Shibani Antonette The Connected Intelligence Centre at UTS has developed a Writing Analytics software called ‘AcaWriter’ that can help develop students’ academic writing by providing automatic feedback on their writing. However, using the software standalone without integrating it in its educational context isn’t enough for students to make the best use of it. For learning analytic tools like AcaWriter to have a meaningful impact on learners, the tools should be embed...
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Towards Instant Writing Feedback for PhD students

How can AI help PhD students get their work published? A key to this is that they learn, through extensive practice, how to make the hallmark ‘moves’ that reviewers are looking for when assessing a paper. However, there is extensive evidence showing that students struggle to grasp these, and that supervisors are not always expert in coaching this even though they are themselves clearly able to write in this way. In CIC’s Academic Writing Analytics (AWA) project, we are tuning the AcaWriter web ...
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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 welcomes two new team members

The CIC team was delighted to welcome two new staff into the fold recently. PhD student Sophie Abel is now completing her doctoral research at CIC under the supervision of Dr Kirsty Kitto. And the professional team has been joined by Administration Assistant Ratha Ang, who has already settled into the role brilliantly. Welcome Sophie and Ratha!
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