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Skills Passports at the Lifelong Learning Border

Kirsty Kitto (CIC Assoc. Prof. Data Science) has a new paper critically examining visions of the "Skills Passport", and identifying two key challenges that must be overcome for such a concept to become reality. In the light of the Australian Universities Accord report, this could not be more timely to inform the debate. Here's the latest work she will present at UMAP24 — the premier international conference for researchers and practitioners working on systems that adapt to individual users, t...
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CIC@LAK24 Kyoto

The International Conference on Learning Analytics & Knowledge (LAK) is the annual conference of the Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR), and the premier forum for researchers and practitioners. LAK24 comes to Kyoto this year, and several of the CIC team and our alumni will be contributing next week. Catch us there, or get in touch if you want to know more!... To what extent do responses to a single survey question provide insights into students' sense of belonging? Srira...
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Assessment Reform for the Age of Artificial Intelligence

"This is our Kodak moment" This provocation was posed by one participant at August's TEQSA expert forum. Over-dramatic? Not if universities lose the capacity to assure learning. Assessment Reform for the Age of Artificial Intelligence is a consultation report from the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), Australia’s independent national quality assurance and regulatory agency for higher education. CIC's Director Simon Buckingham Shum and IML's Director Jan McLean had the pr...
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UTS Student Partnership in AI

In 2021, we convened an EdTech Ethics consultation, pioneering the principles of Deliberative Democracy as a process for university consultation. Building on this success, in late May 2023, we convened AI ethics workshops with 40 UTS students to share their perspectives on what the use of Generative AI and Predictive AI should look like in the future of UTS. The students were sampled from over 100 applicants, based on a range of diversity points. Out of this came two reports, co-authored with...
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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 educational theory

Using causal models to bridge the divide between big data and educational theory A new journal paper by Kirsty Kitto, Ben Hicks and Simon Buckingham Shum has just been published in the British Journal of Educational Technology: Abstract: With the proliferation of data in educational settings it is becoming even more important to ensure analytical results are grounded in reality. Ideally we would like to embed our theoretical concepts from the learning sciences in our data products ...
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Book Launch: ‘Data Science and Analytics Strategy: An Emergent Design Approach’ – Dr. Kailash Awati

On Friday 12th May, CIC hosted the official book launch for Dr. Kailash Awati (CIC Adjunct Fellow) and Alexander Scriven's new publication titled: 'Data Science and Analytics Strategy: An Emergent Design Approach'  By Dr. Kailash Awati and Alexander Scriven  Available via Routledge (https://www.routledge.com/Data-Science-and-Analytics-Strategy-An-Emergent-Design-Approach/Awati-Scriven/p/book/9781032196329). Publisher: CRC Press / Routledge - 2023 Abstract: This book describes ...
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Dr. Kirsty Kitto co-writes ‘Transitions through Lifelong Learning: Implications for learning analytics’

Transitions through Lifelong Learning: Implications for learning analytics By Kirsty Kitto et al.  Available via the ScienceDirect (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2666920X21000333?via%3Dihub) Published: 2021 The following abstract is extracted from the publication. The ability to develop new skills and competencies is a central concept of lifelong learning. Research to date has largely focused on the processes and support individuals require to engage in up...
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Dr. Kirsty Kitto presents at CDAA Webinar: ChatGPT, what is it & what does it mean?

Associate Professor Dr. Kirsty Kitto from CIC was a panelist in a webinar held on April 27, 2023. The webinar, titled "Generative AIs and their Implications for the Future of Work and Employability," explored the potential of generative AIs such as ChatGPT 4 and DALL·E 2 in shaping our work futures and the skills and capabilities that will be required. Dr. Kitto, an expert in learning analytics joined Kim Flintoff, an educational transformation consultant, to discuss the implications of generati...
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