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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 St...
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Accounting students using AcaWriter to get instant feedback on their writing

In summary: AcaWriter (writing analytics tool) tested in new genre of writing Rolled out to over 600 accounting students with exciting positive feedbacks   CIC’s Writing Analytics tool AcaWriter is now being tested for in a new genre of writing – business reports written by accounting students. The tool has been rolled out to about 600 students in UTS this semester (Spring 2018) with a version of automated feedback tuned for this genre. Rhetorical moves from AcaWriter were mapped to t...
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CIC @ London Festival of Learning 2018

The London Festival of Learning was a unique convergence in June of three major international conferences in learning and technology: International Conference of the Learning Sciences, Artficial Intelligence in Education and Learning@Scale. CIC's Director Simon Buckingham Shum presented a keynote address at ICLS, a bi-annual conference that gathers minds from all aspects of the learning sciences, including empirical, conceptual, theoretical, design-based, practitioner and policy perspecti...
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Using AcaWriter to help develop student writing

  Presenters: Sophie Abel, Shibani Antonette The Connected Intelligence Centre at UTS has developed a Writing Analytics software called ‘AcaWriter’ that can help develop students’ academic writing by providing automatic feedback on their writing. However, using the software standalone without integrating it in its educational context isn’t enough for students to make the best use of it. For learning analytic tools like AcaWriter to have a meaningful impact on learners, the tools shoul...
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LX Lab: Using AcaWriter to help develop student writing

Presenters: Sophie Abel, Shibani Antonette The Connected Intelligence Centre at UTS has developed a Writing Analytics software called ‘AcaWriter’ that can help develop students’ academic writing by providing automatic feedback on their writing. However, using the software standalone without integrating it in its educational context isn’t enough for students to make the best use of it. For learning analytic tools like AcaWriter to have a meaningful impact on learners, the tools should be e...
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Do students value automated feedback on their writing?

All students are used to software keeping an eye on their spelling, grammar and signs of plagiarism. They’re also very familiar with the idea that computers can understand complex, everyday speech or writing, as mobile phones and Google adverts are clearly able to interpret such “natural language” (as it is called in computer science). If they have ever tried to learn to speak or write a foreign language, they may well have used online tools to get instant feedback and coaching. So, on the on...
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CIC@LAK18

  The International Conference on Learning Analytics & Knowledge (LAK) is the premier research conference in the field of Learning Analytics. Acceptance rates are 30%, double-blind peer reviewed, with archival proceedings in the ACM Digital Library. After a year's planning, for the first time, LAK comes to the southern hemisphere, right on our doorstep in Sydney CBD. CIC’s Director Simon Buckingham Shum is a scientific Program Co-Chair, and all of CIC’s researchers including P...
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Are you coming to LAK18?

Things are ramping up to the 8th International Learning Analytics & Knowledge Conference (LAK18), which comes to Sydney next March, the first time it has been hosted in the southern hemisphere. LAK is the primary research conference in the field, and the official conference of the Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR).   CIC’s Director Simon Buckingham Shum helped to found the first LAK in 2011, is a former Vice-President of SoLAR, and is serving as Co-Chair of the L...
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CIC collaborates with UTS:Law for writing interventions

CIC researchers are collaborating with the UTS Faculty of Law on a project to teach undergraduate law students how to improve their academic essay writing. Students learn the use of rhetorical structures and discourse markers, which guide the reader through the flow of a text using linguistic cues. They also learn self-assessment and revision skills to apply on their essay writing using several writing tasks guided by an online tool. CIC PhD student Shibani Antonette has developed this online to...
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PhD in Learning Analytics

PhD Topics We invite scholarship applications to investigate the following topics, which are broad enough for you to bring your own perspective. If you have your own funding, then you may propose another topic which fits with CIC's priorities. Note that previously advertised projects for which we have found candidates have been removed. You are strongly recommended to take this one hour UTS Open taster, an interactive tutorial (developed by Sophie Abel, one CIC's doctoral researchers) on how...
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