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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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How well do you make use of a learning space?

"Classroom Proxemics" refers to how teachers and students use a learning space. CIC has engaged UTS academics in evaluating a range of visual analytics that make their use of space visible in completely new ways. Does it make sense? Is it ethical? In concert with making the best use of online learning at UTS, an enormous amount of learning and teaching still happens face-to-face (except when there's a global pandemic on!). The UTS learning.futures model underpins the massive redesign of our on-c...
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Congratulations Dr Vanessa Echeverria!

We're delighted to announce that Vanessa Echeverria has graduated from our Learning Analytics Doctoral Program! She submitted a thesis that required just a few typographical fixes, earning the praise of her international examiners. Co-supervised by Roberto Martinez-Maldonado and Simon Buckingham Shum, and working closely with UTS Faculty of Health academics, her research broke new ground with the development of multimodal analytics to provide visual feedback to teams of nurses in the simulation ...
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CIC catalyses Reflective Writing Analytics network

Sharing honest written reflections can make the writer vulnerable, as they reflect on their uncertainties, failings, and how they are changing as a learner. CIC is bringing together the leaders in Reflective Writing Analytics, providing instant feedback on such writing. Reflective writing is quite different from the more widely used forms of academic writing (e.g.  a literature review, persuasive essay, or research paper). However, this form of writing is growing in importance as we seek to plac...
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CIC featured on Experiencing Data podcast

Have you made a serious investment in developing an analytics tool, but nobody's actually using it? And if they are, it's painful? Human-Centred Design makes the key difference. As anyone in the field of human factors knows, this goes way beyond nice screen layouts and colours. The usability and utility of a tool goes all the way back to what tasks (somebody) thought you need to do, and how you should do them — and who gets to define that? All too often, the key stakeholders — the staff who are ...
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Skills Analytics to get students on TRACK

A new UTS2027 strategic project, TRACK, is using data, analytics and artificial intelligence to help students make more informed course choices to land their dream job. It’s also helping UTS design courses that anticipate the skills required in the workplace of the future.  Tailored Recruitment Analytics and Curriculum Knowledge (TRACK) is a UTS2027 strategic project, building student and staff facing tools that use Skills Analytics. Working in close collaboration with the Careers team, IT Divi...
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CIC’s first PhD! The Pedagogy of Writing Analytics

We're delighted to announce that Antonette Shibani has become the first graduate from CIC's PhD program! She passed with flying colours, and has secured a Lectureship in the UTS Faculty of Transdisciplinary Innovation. Well done Shibani – here's the link to the thesis, and check out her blog to learn more! Augmenting pedagogic writing practice with contextualizable learning analytics https://opus.lib.uts.edu.au/handle/10453/136846 ABSTRACT: Academic writing is a key skill that contributes t...
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Lifelong learning analytics: towards partial RPL automation?

The modern conceptualisation of employment is rapidly shifting. While our parents planned to work for the same company for life, our children can expect to change career many times. Rather than completing a set amount of schooling early in life to achieve a qualification, the 4th Industrial Revolution means that people will increasingly need to return to the education sector: (i) for further training to enhance a skill base (ii) to gain new skills as their field is disrupted by technology, or (i...
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It’s one thing to have rich learning data, but what’s the story?

CIC’s work with the Health Faculty has hit a new milestone. As nurses work in teams in an experimental version of the simulation ward, they are now generating data streams from sensors detecting their position, patient treatment actions and arousal levels. A student observer watching the team also logs more complex actions on an iPad that cannot be automatically sensed. This generates a rich dataset of the team’s performance, and in an earlier story we reported the validation of a first prototyp...
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Assessing 21st Century Skills using Learning Analytics

In response to the changing demands on citizens and the workforce, educational institutions are starting to shift their teaching and learning towards equipping students with knowledge, skills and dispositions that prepare them for lifelong learning. These have been termed 21st Century skills/competencies, Core/Soft Skills, General Capabilities, Graduate Attributes, etc. There is now a lot of activity in the school and higher education sectors tackling the challenge of tracking and assessing thes...
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