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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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CIC PhD Students

In September we appointed three PhD students who have become an integral part of the team, working alongside our staff to make an impact in the university and tackle data-driven problems. All their work have a strong transdisciplinary flavour, investigating the interplay between algorithms, ethics, user experience, participatory design and educational theory and practice. Read below to find about their work.   Antonette Shibani Shibani is a PhD student in Learning Analytics at the C...
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Blogs

Aggregating the CIC Team's Blogs... from the Master of Data Science & Innovation. . . [feedzy-rss feeds="http://mdsi-cic.uts.edu.au/category/digests/rss" max="3" feed_title="no" target="_blank" meta="yes" summary="yes" thumb="yes" size="100"]     from the Learning Emergence blog. . . [feedzy-rss feeds="http://learningemergence.net/rss/" max="3" feed_title="no" target="_blank" meta="yes" summary="yes" thumb="yes" size="100"]     from Sim...
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Academic Writing Analytics (AWA) Project

Students learn that critical, reflective, academic writing must make their thinking visible. This is conveyed through particular linguistic forms, which are hallmarks of academic writing. AcaWriter can identify some of these patterns, and provide instant feedback to help students improve their drafts. Strategic focus on academic writing Making your thinking visible in writing is a critical competence. The ability to communicate and debate ideas coherently and critically is a core graduate...
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Publications

Browse recent publications and conference presentations from CIC academic staff and PhD students. [/su_tab] Antonette Shibani, Simon Knight, Simon Buckingham Shum (2020). Educator perspectives on learning analytics in classroom practice, The Internet and Higher Education, Volume 46, Published online July 2020. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.iheduc.2020.100730 Roberto Martinez-Maldonado, Doug Elliott, Carmen Axisa, Tamara Power, ...
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People

Simon Buckingham Shum Director &Professor of Learning Informatics “Liminal Space... when you have left the tried and true but have not yet been able to replace it with anything else. If you are not trained in how to hold anxiety, how to live with ambiguity, how to entrust and wait, you will run… anything to flee this terrible cloud of unknowing.” - Richard Rohr       Academic Team Ruth Deakin Crick Visiting Professor of Learning Analytics &...
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