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Expert input to government policy consultations

Governments are preparing for the impact of data, analytics and AI. Learn how CIC is contributing to current Australian and UK strategy consultations around the implications for societal learning. The British All Party Parliamentary Group on AI is a multi-year initiative to help anticipate the widespread impacts that AI could have on society. They convene Evidence Sessions on different themes, in which Lords and MPs have the opportunity to hear from, and question, diverse experts. CIC Director ...
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Building data and analytics literacy

CIC has created engaging online modules and runs regular workshops to help diverse learners get hands-on with data and analytics. Engaging online modules  Building data literacy is now one of the most important qualities in today’s degree programs, and the workplace. CIC has published several engaging, short modules that help learners get hands-on with analysing data, and thinking about the ethical dimensions. These modules, on UTS Open, are being used by the public for free, by UTS students a...
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Preparing lifelong learners for future careers

How ready is Australia for the changes that AI will bring? This will require learning at many levels of society, and CIC is working on a next generation tool to provide learning/careers guidance, as well as co-chairing a national conference. Almost every week a new report hits the streets, analysing the impact that AI could have on the future of work. Many are over-blown in their predictions, but we can see the changes even now, as the routine cognitive work aspects of jobs are gradually automa...
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Congratulations Leonie Payne! How does bias impact student evaluations of teaching?

The goal of Leonie Payne’s PhD thesis — “Bringing Rigour to the Evaluation of Higher Education” — is to provide a sounder theoretical and statistical foundation for the analysis of student evaluations of teaching, gathered the world-over from student surveys. She’s developing a mathematical and conceptual model of bias that will assist those designing and analysing surveys to understand where and how bias may creep into the survey methodology used. Leonie has demonstrated how Monte Carlo resampl...
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New video captures CIC/Health collaboration on automated feedback to nursing teams

This exciting new video captures the way that CIC works with faculty academics to identify teaching and learning challenges, co-design new forms of automated feedback, powered by data and analytics, and deliver this via engaging user interfaces. This work comes from the PhD work of Vanessa Echeverria, who recently graduated from CIC, and building on this, the ongoing PhD of Gloria Fernandez-Nieto. Congratulations to them on this ground-breaking work, and to their supervisors (Roberto Martine...
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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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SoLAR Briefing: Creating Data for Learning Analytics Ecosystems

We're delighted to announce that CIC's Kirsty Kitto led the writing of a new Position paper from the Society for Learning Analytics Research. Building on her extensive expertise, she was joined by other industry leaders, analysing key challenges facing the field, motivating a set of  recommendations for discussion, to enable data about student activity to flow between systems for true interoperability. Creating Data for Learning Analytics Ecosystems Authors: Kirsty Kitto, John Whitmer, Aaron E. ...
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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.  The or...
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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 Bucki...
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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 (AcaWriter), working ...
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