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Automated feedback for Pharmacy students’ reflective writing: new evidence

New evidence of students' responses to receiving automated formative feedback on their reflective writing is now available. In a forthcoming paper from CIC's long-term collaboration with Cherie Lucas (School of Pharmacy, Graduate School of Health), the team reports that students who engaged with CIC's AcaWriter tool reported a range of benefits. Full-size colour figures not in the paper are also provided below. Cherie Lucas, Simon Buckingham Shum, Ming Liu & Mary Bebawy (In Press). Imple...
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An introduction to Writing Analytics and the design of automated feedback

The workshop introduces educators and researchers to the affordances of writing analytics and automated writing feedback tools for students. Organiser: Antonette Shibani, Ming Liu, Simon Buckingham Shum - UTS Register through Eventbrite About this Event Writing Analytics is a subfield of Learning Analytics that focuses on the challenges learners face in writing. It uses natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning technologies to analyse texts, and can be used to provide ...
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CIC @ ALASI 2018

CIC is making major contributions to training the next generation of Learning Analytics researchers and practitioners. At the forthcoming Australian Learning Analytics Summer Institute, the team is helping to run five sessions. Register now! Innovating learning analytics for sustainable impact Simon Buckingham Shum, Cassandra Colvin, Shane Dawson, Danny Liu, Pablo Munguia and Yi-Shan Tsai Using Canvas data for learning analytics! Kirsty Kitto, Amelia Brennan, Danny Liu, Travis Cox and Steve Le...
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ALASI2019: The Fifth Writing Analytics Workshop: Linking Reflective Writing Analytics to Learning Design

Ming Liu1, Rosalie Goldsmith2,Sumati Ahuja3, Xiaodi Huang4 Abstract Reflective writing is a fundamental learning activity across learning contexts. With the recent advancement of natural language processing techniques, text analytics are able to identify salient textual features of students’ written assignments, such as academic reflective essays and reflective statements, and generate actionable feedback. However, how to best use reflective writing analytics tools, such as AcaWriter, in d...
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ALASI2019: Learning Analytics Growing Pains – Sociotechnical Infrastructure Changes as LA Tools Mature

Get your ticket here. Simon Buckingham Shum1, Antonette Shibani2 Abstract As Learning Analytics tools mature, there are often ‘growing pains’ in how the infrastructure adapts to the social and technical requirements of scaling up. Across institutions in Australia, there is increasing work being done in this transitional space, including moving from prototypes to products, institutional adoption of LA, engaging stakeholders, organisational leadership, long term impact, and invisible work i...
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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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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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CIC at (online) international conferences

Research is fuelled by academics connecting through high quality, peer reviewed conferences — all of which had to shift online this year due to the pandemic. CIC was out in force, albeit into the small hours on some occasions!... For CIC, the International Conference on Learning Analytics is a primary venue — and notably, No.6 and the only conference in Google Scholar's impact rankings for Educational Technology. As usual, CIC had a strong presence with our academics and students contributing pa...
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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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How do we integrate reflective writing analytics into UTS teaching?

The Australian Learning Analytics Summer Institute (ALASI) is the major forum in Australia for advancing discussion, knowledge and innovation in the domain of learning analytics. CIC Research Fellow Dr. Ming Liu co-chaired the Fifth Writing Analytics Workshop: Linking Reflective Writing Analytics to Learning Design, co-organized with UTS colleagues Sumati Ahuja (UTS Business School) and Rosalie Goldsmith (Academic Language and Learning, IML). This three-hour workshop brought together researchers...
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