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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". This 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 into AcaWrit...
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Educator Dashboards for online teachers in a pan(dem)ic

You’re teaching 500+ students in Teams, with projects under way in 30+ channels. You login 9am Monday morning. Where do you put your scarce attention? Or less extreme, you have just 45 students in Zoom meetings, 3 Teams channels, 9 Canvas forums, sharing and commenting on Powerpoint slides, viewing Kaltura videos, and responding to quizzes in Qualtrix. Where do you put your scarce attention? Who’s struggling? Who’s cruising? Who’s off-topic? Who hasn’t shown up once yet? Who’s freeloading in t...
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Analytics for “classroom proxemics”

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-campus learning spaces. The term “Classroom Proxemics” refers to how teachers and students use classroom space, and the impact of this and the spatial design on learning and teaching. While learning analytics is usually thought of in terms o...
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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 cont...
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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 prototy...
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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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Helping students accurately assess the strengths and weaknesses of their work

Evaluative Judgement has been identified as a key graduate competency by UTS Emeritus Professor Dave Boud, one of the world’s leading experts on the future of assessment in higher education. This is a lifelong skill worth having — if your judgements about the quality of your own, or a peer’s work, are close to what an expert would say, you’re doing well. But how do you build this valuable ability? The answer is through a mix of skilful teaching and assessment design (the focus of Boud’s researc...
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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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