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Farewell Ming Liu

We bade a sad farewell today to Ming Liu, as amid the pressure COVID19 lockdown, he managed to catch a flight back to his home, family, and a faculty position in China. Ming specialised in Writing Analytics, supporting our long term R&D program for AcaWriter. In particular, he brought expertise in machine learning from reflecting writing texts, so as well as supporting academics in faculties to introduce AcaWriter to their students, he was also inventing next generation technology that will ...
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Ensuring automated feedback is pedagogically sound (DAFFI 2020)

We all know that feedback is critical for learning — and we all appreciate how demanding this can be for educators to provide, to many students, in a consistently motivating, and detailed way. This is a challenge studied by educational researchers of feedback design and feedback literacy.   Designing Automated Feedback for Impact brought some of the leading researchers in this field into a 2-day dialogue with researchers developing automated-feedback tools using Learning Analytics/AI.  Th...
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Congratulations Dr Carlos Prieto-Alvarez! Learning Analytics Co-Design PhD

Carlos Prieto-Alvarez was one of the first three doctoral candidates accepted to CIC’s new Learning Analytics PhD Program  in 2016.   So very well done Carlos, as today sees the publication of your thesis, one of the first PhDs in Learning Analytics devoted to the contributions of human-centred design methods (specifically, co-design) investigating how to give non-technical stakeholders, such as educators and students, a voice in shaping Learning Analytics. Our thanks to supervisors Simon Buc...
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24/7 Instant Feedback on Writing: Integrating AcaWriter into your Teaching | Monthly Event

This is a monthly event Wednesday, 2 September 2020 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Wednesday, 7 October 2020 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Wednesday, 4 November 2020 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Wednesday, 2 December 2020 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm    Zoom – further details provided upon registration What difference could instant feedback on draft writing make to your students? Over the last 5 years the Connected Intelligence Centre has been developing and piloting an automated feedback tool for academic writing (AcaWrite...
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Welcome Ben Hicks, our newest PhD candidate!

We are delighted to announce that Ben Hicks has joined CIC as a PhD candidate…Welcome! Ben has always loved patterns. This grew from a childhood growing up around the natural beauty of Norfolk Island, the south coast of NSW and Darwin, to obsessively creating music and a steadily expanding appreciation of the abstract world of mathematics. He spent a decade as a high school teacher across three continents, puzzling over the multitude of ways that minds can learn and how educational systems try ...
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Welcome Joseph Jung, UX specialist!

We are delighted to announce that Joseph Jung has joined CIC as a User Experience (UX)  specialist and User Interface (UI) Front End Developer…Welcome! Joseph grew up in Korea. He is interested in UX/UI. He worked at Samsung Electronics as a UX Designer and Researcher for over 7 years, developing many fast prototypes. His interests in UX/UI led him to pursue his PhD at the University of Sydney. His research was conducted on new interface designs for food journaling mobile apps to help people ...
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Deploying dynamic visualisations: CIC data scientist’s crash course

CIC data-scientist Dr Michael Pracy was invited to give one of the five workshops at the recent X-sensing conference held in Coffs Harbor. His workshop, titled: Dynamic Dashboards and Visualization Using Python, was cantered around the open-source infrastructure he developed at CIC for building and deploying demonstrator data-visualization dashboards for internal analytics projects at UTS. The conference was multi-disciplinary and aimed at data-focused scientists and educators. It was attended b...
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Playing cards that empower teachers and students to join the analytics co-design process

Human-centred software design gives all stakeholders an active voice in the design of the systems that they are expected to use. However, this is not yet commonplace in Learning Analytics. Co-design techniques from other domains have much to offer in principle, but in fact there are few detailed accounts of exactly how well such techniques work for learning analytics. CIC Doctoral Researcher Carlos Prieto-Alvarez has developed a deck of cards for Learning Analytics design, called LA-DECK. Lik...
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CIC briefs ACOSS on AI’s implications for low-waged workers

The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) is a national advocate for action to reduce poverty and inequality, and the peak body for the community services sector in Australia. Verity Firth, Director of the UTS Centre for Social Justice & Inclusion, convenes an Annual Policy Dialogue to support ACOSS and explore potential collaborations. CIC's Kirsty Kitto and Simon Buckingham Shum joined this year’s forum, briefing ACOSS on AI and its ethical dimensions, as they grapple with the impl...
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Supporting the UTS Academic Language & Literacy team

CIC is collaborating with the Academic Language and Literacy Team from IML and UTS International to support the development of academic literacy for UTS students. All commencing UTS students are required to undertake the OPELA (Online Post-Enrolment Language Assessment), or an in-class written diagnostic task. This test provides students with a rating of their academic language skills. Academic language skills are an essential foundation for learning and ongoing language development at universi...
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