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LAK21 Workshop: Engineering Learning Analytics Technology Environments (ELATE): Understanding iteration between data and theory, and design and deployment

Date April 13, 2021 - 4PM to 7 PM PST (according to LAK pre-conference schedule) Abstract Learning analytics (LA) researchers often fail to collect the necessary data to answer research questions due to a lack of understanding of what types of data they need. This workshop aims to advance understanding of the necessities of iterative processes in data collection and analysis to address the issue. The workshop includes panel talks by the organizers, who have experience in data collec...
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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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Summer@UTS – Building your resilience for complexity

A WORKSHOP FOR UTS STUDENTS Coaches: Simon Buckingham Shum & Ruth Deakin Crick This half-day workshop will provide hands-on experience for you to take the CLARA survey and reflect on how you can get better at grappling with complex learning that takes you out of your comfort zone.   Learn more about the UTS:CIC research and evaluation program into CLARA. Summer@UTS: Building your resilience for complexity from Simon Buckingham Shum
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ALASI2019: Panel debate – the validity of using student evaluation surveys for performance based funding at Australian universities

Leonie Payne1, Kirsty Kitto1, Michael Pracy1, Jason Lodge2, Abelardo Pardo3 Abstract The Australian Federal Government announced in August 2019 that aspects of the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) Student Experience and Graduate Outcomes surveys will form two of the four key metrics for performance based funding of Australian Universities from 2020. Given the lack of consensus on the validity and appropriate use of student evaluations of teaching, it is time to explore t...
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PhD Seminar: Gloria Fernandez Nieto- Providing guidance in Multimodal Learning Analytics visual feedback interfaces for Collaborative Classrooms

PhD Candidate: Gloria Milena Fernandez Nieto Abstract: Feedback is a crucial aspect of classroom-based learning. Delivering high-quality feedback can help students to make well-informed decisions by understanding their learning goals, teacher’s pedagogical intentions, and their actual performance. However, providing actionable feedback is challenging, especially in large classes with many students or groups to follow up. One way to provide automated feedback is through learning analytics (LA...
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Building staff resilient agency to cope with disruption

National bushfires. A global pandemic. Global social unrest. The disruption of higher education. And 2020 hasn't even reached half-time. When the only constant is change, we need a distinctive set of personal qualities to adapt and thrive. But how do we talk about those qualities? Can we meaningfully assess them? And what does it look like when leadership values these qualities? A long-standing stream of research has studied the dispositions, or 'habits of mind', that equip us with an openness t...
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Decoding Big Data

Check out this story from the UTS news room, featuring some of our UTS data scientists, including CIC Director, Simon Buckingham Shum. Key points: Humans have been surrounded by data since the beginning of history, but what’s different today is that the rate at which data is now being created and stored is exponential Experts say a re-imagining of data could see societies move away from one-size-fits-all approaches and towards more tailored solutions for education, finance, sustainab...
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CIC leading ATN Text Analytics Project

CIC leading ATN Text Analytics Project   UTS and its sister universities of technology in the other states form the Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN), to advance our common missions through collaboration. We are delighted to say that the ATN’s Learning and Teaching Grants Scheme, which promotes joint innovation across the ATN, has just awarded CIC $100,000 to lead a project focusing on the promise and practicalities of Text Analytics. CIC has been focusing on text analytics i...
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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 preprint of the work she will present at UMAP24 — the premier international conference for researchers and practitioners working on systems that adapt to individual...
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