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OnTask: Supporting students through tailored messaging and feedback at scale

What’s the challenge? Studying at university requires students to be able to maintain a high degree of control over their learning, by setting goals for study, managing their time to keep up with learning tasks and assessments, and using strategies to prepare for examinations. All the while they need to maintain a sufficient level of motivation to consistently engage with their studies. Students need feedback on their progress, so that they know how to adjust their learning strategies and...
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Building lifelong learning dispositions using the ‘Learning Journeys’ approach and platform | 8 Jun

UTS Learning Journeys PDF Slides About this Event At UTS we place particular value on equipping students with skills and dispositions not only for academic success, but for success in the workplace and lifelong learning. Those qualities will be familiar to many of you, but can be hard to get a grip on as a learner, or educator (e.g. students’ appetite for uncertainty; level of curiosity; openness to being stretched out of your comfort zone; readiness to seek help). These qualities aren’t just f...
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TRACK: data-informed insight into how the UTS curriculum maps to careers

As some of you may know, TRACK is a suite of web apps to help students, academics, course designers and working professionals understand how skills, studying and careers intersect. Here’s the latest news on this exciting project! Some UTS students know what they want to be, but don’t know what they need to study to get to their goal. Others know what they’re interested in or good at but can’t quite work out how to link subject choices to potential career outcomes. TRACK can help students to mak...
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CIC@LAK 2021: International Learning Analytics Conference

The International Conference on Learning Analytics & Knowledge next week is the premier gathering in the field, with double-blind peer review of full papers, and the proceedings archived in the ACM Digital Library, the leading repository for peer reviewed research in the computing sciences. As usual, CIC will be very active this year, contributing to diverse events. Here’s your one-stop-shop to track down the team, who will welcome a chat with you about their work!... The pre-conference ...
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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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24/7 Instant Feedback on Writing: Integrating AcaWriter into your Teaching | 18 Mar

View the Slideshow: About this Event 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 closely with academics across several faculties. The research portal documents how educators and students engage with this kind of AI, and what we’ve learnt about integrating it into teaching and assessment. In May, AcaWr...
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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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Seminar: Tim van Gelder (U. Melbourne)

SWARM as an Immersive Learning Environment for Analytical Reasoning Skills https://youtu.be/WfL5Fj9T2-o Abstract: SWARM is a cloud platform aimed at improving analytical reasoning in intelligence work. SWARM tries to improve analytical reasoning by improving collaboration within groups of analysts rather than by trying to structure their thinking in any particular way. In large-scale testing in 2017, teams on SWARM showed they could produce remarkably good reasoning. While primarily aimed at im...
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24/7 instant feedback on writing for all students

Academic Writing has distinctive hallmarks that reflect the importance placed on critical thinking, argument and reflection. It's also tough to learn. Now AI can provide instant feedback — even on your 17th draft, at 3am... Those of you who follow CIC's work will know that over the last 5 years, we've been refining an automated feedback tool tuned for academic writing, called AcaWriter. We're delighted to say that we've recently announced its release to all UTS students! [retweet] While the pri...
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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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