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Learning Analytics Summer Institute 2017

This year's field-building Learning Analytics Summer Institute, organised by SoLAR, was once again hosted at U. Michigan with satellite LASI-Locals running internationally (e.g. for reference, here's the 2016 program). CIC's Simon Buckingham Shum and Andrew Gibson made contributions on several fronts... Opening keynote address Learning Analytics vs. Cognitive Automation (replay the talk below • PDF slides • replay the other keynotes). Andrew led training in Writing Analytics, explaining our...
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UTS wins award at International Learning Analytics Conference

A collaborative research paper produced by academics from the UTS Connected Intelligence Centre (CIC) and UTS Pharmacy has been awarded Best Full Paper at the 7th International Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference in Canada. Dr Andrew Gibson, Dr Simon Knight. Dr Adam Aitken and Professor Simon Buckingham Shum from the UTS CIC along with Dr Agnes Sandor from the Xerox Research Centre in France and UTS Pharmacy academic Dr Cherie Lucas were recognised in Vancouver, BC, at the conference ru...
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CIC recently shared its work in diverse forms and topics at the 7th International Conference on Learning Analytics & Knowledge (LAK17). LAK17  was held in Vancouver, Canada from March 13-17, 2017  and was organised by the Society for Learning Analytics Research (SOLAR).  This annual conference brings together a diversity of researchers focused on the many transdisciplinary fields associated with learning analytics and provides a forum to address critical issues and challenges confronting t...
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CIC team edits C21 learning analytics journal

CIC Professors Simon Buckingham Shum and Ruth Deakin Crick have edited a Special Section of the Journal of Learning Analytics, published this week. Simon and Ruth (who is joint with the School of Education & Institute for Sustainable Futures) have curated the world's first collection of researcher and practitioner articles on the challenge of Learning Analytics for 21st Century Competencies. Read their editorial introduction (below) to learn more about why these are so important, and how the...
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A3R: Authentic Assessment Analytics for Reflective Writing

A3R: Authentic Assessment Analytics for Reflective Writing Authentic Assessment Analytics for Reflection (A3R) is an exciting new project that DVC(ES) (Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education and Students Prof. Shirley Alexander) is funding over the coming year, jointly led by the Connected Intelligence Centre (CIC) and Institute for Interactive Media and Learning (IML), as part of the UTS priority to transition towards increasingly authentic assessment practices. Authentic assessment is concerned wit...
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CIC was very active at the 6th International Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK) Conference in April. Below is a quick guide to find out what they presented... Pre-Conference Workshops, Monday 25 April 8:30am-4:30pm: Simon Buckingham Shum and Simon Knight co-chaired the full-day workshop on “Critical Perspectives on Writing Analytics”, with Andrew Gibson contributing. 8:30am-12:30pm: Simon Knight co-chaired the workshop “Putting Temporal Analytics into Practice: The 5th International Work...
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Quarterly Highlights (Jan-Mar 2016)

The year has been very busy on both the teaching and research fronts, below you will find all the headlines! For more information read our latest UTS CIC Quarterly Newsletter Students studying the Master of Data Science & Innovation (MDSI) have once again emerged victorious in the second NSW government’s Data Analytics Centre invitational hackathon (having won the inaugural one). We have launched our Learning Analytics PhD program with three $35K Scholarships, and are appointing student...
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Last year CIC hosted ALASI14, and we had a strong presence at this year's Australian Learning Analytics Summer Institute at Sydney University. ALASI is the largest LASI outside the US, building capacity among institutions to apply human-centred data science to learning. Benchmarking Analytics in Australian Higher Education The first day opened with a national workshop in which a consortium funded by the Office of Learning & Teaching (OLT) shared their findings from analysing the state of lea...
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Academic Writing Analytics (AWA) Project

What’s the challenge? Making your thinking visible in writing is a critical competence. The ability to communicate and debate ideas coherently and critically is a core graduate attribute. In many disciplines, writing provides a significant window into the mind of the student, evidencing mastery of the curriculum and the ability to reflect on one’s own learning. Arguably, in the humanities and social sciences, writing is the primary source of evidence. Moreover, as dialogue and debate move fro...
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Reflecting on reflective writing analytics

Tweet Computational “assessment” of writing elicits strong reactions from many educators. For sceptics, handing over to a machine the task of feeding back or even grading writing crosses a boundary line marking the limits of AI. It also raises the same fears that any disruptive technology brings, around redefining roles and identities in a profession. Effective writing is not only central to education and the workplace, but a lifelong citizenship competency for engaging in society. Many academ...
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