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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 pla...
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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 D...
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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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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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