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March 2019

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Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the first newsletter of 2019, in which we review highlights from the close of last year, and the launch of this one.

Learn more about the progress we're making using data, analytics and AI to close the loop to students with personalised, data-driven feedback.

Learn how text analytics is developing to make sense of the comments we receive from thousands of student survey responses.
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Simon Buckingham Shum
Director, Connected Intelligence Centre
Professor of Learning Informatics


Learn how CIC has been engaging with colleagues at UTS and far beyond, to develop human-centred data science in education.

CIC @ LAK 2019

CIC was one of the most visible Learning Analytics centres at this year's international conference. Learn more about our diverse contributions. UTS was again contributing strongly at the annual International Conference on Learning Analytics & Knowledge (LAK). This year's LAK was distinctive for CIC, with one of the invited keynotes being delivered by our very own Shirley Alexander, Deputy Vice-Chancellor …

We welcome our newest PhD candidate Gloria from Colombia!

Gloria Fernandez Nieto Gloria, welcome to CIC! Can you tell us a bit about yourself – where did you grow up, and how did you get interested in computing? Hi, my name is Gloria Milena Fernandez Nieto I am from Bogotá, Colombia. When I was at middle school I emphasize my training in Science and Maths, since then I identify …

Introducing two visiting PhD students from South China Normal University

I am a Ph.D. student majoring in Educational Technology.Since September 2017, I have been studying in South China Normal University.My research during this period has involved in a funded project (Evaluation and problemdiagnosis of computational thinking in cloud space based on adaptive Q&A).This project aims to evaluate students' computational thinking through human-computer interaction and provide actionable and tailored feedback for further learning. Before that, I got my master's …

Immediate, personalised feedback on reflective writing

https://youtu.be/vl9fpKtbLfY The start of the new year is a good moment to distill the key ingredients of the 2 year collaboration around writing analytics (automated feedback to students on their reflective writing), that CIC has built with UTS academic Cherie Lucas from our School of Pharmacy. As with other collaborations (such as with Pip Ryan on her students' legal writing), it exemplifies the co-design process that we initiate with academics, …

Latest advances in personalised feedback to nursing teams

In an exciting new paper from the Health Simulation Analytics project, we document our approach to give meaning to multimodal group activity data, in order to give personalised feedback to teams as quickly as possible. Inspired by the metaphor of social translucence, we are proposing a vision to make evidence of collaboration translucent. In doing so, we emphasise that besides …

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Simon Buckingham Shum
LX.Lab I 4 Oct 2018

Human-Centred Data Science: Principles & Practices of CIC's work

Human-Centred Data Science pays explicit attention to the human factors in the conception, design and delivery of data, analytics and AI. In this talk, Simon describe how this work is conducted in CIC, as we invent, deploy and evaluate data/AI-intensive analytics tools for teaching and learning in UTS. This seminar is part of the UTS Research Hub (RESHub).
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Welcome Nikhil!

CIC warmly welcomes Nikhil Sarathy who came on board the team last month.  Nikhil is a doctoral student in Learning analytics at CIC, with a keen focus on ‘Adaptive Learning Eco-System’ and its associated challenges of learner’s data interoperability. In this context, his research aims to explore the application and extended usage of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) in Education, involving …

Dr Kirsty Kitto to keynote at e-learning Korea 2018 Expo

Dr Kirsty Kitto from CIC has been invited to present a keynote session at on using xAPI in Learning Analytics at the e-Learning Korea 2018 International Conference and Edtech Fair which will be held in Seoul, Republic of Korea on the dates of September 13-15. e-Learning Expo Korea is a 3 day event being held from 13th to 15th …

Creating the Translucent Classroom

UTS, through its Learning.Futures initiative and its strong investment in innovative learning spaces and classroom technologies, is empowering teaching staff and students to integrate and embrace the best of online and face-to-face experiences. But in this blended learning model, how do you make visible the ‘teaching and learning’ in the physical classroom? To address this question, Dr Roberto Martinez-Maldonado and …

Change Your Mind with UTS Open Modules

Have you ever wondered what Facebook knows about you? (If you haven’t, you should...) Would you like to improve your data and digital literacy, as well as your critical thinking skills? Then head to UTS Open. Kirsty Kitto from CIC has been collaborating with the Postgraduate Futures team and Simon Knight to create two online modules for UTS Open: …

Giving stakeholders a voice in analytics design

AI and analytics are complex technologies – so how do we build trust in them? Doctoral researcher Carlos Prieto-Alvarez is adapting co-design techniques to give academics and students a voice in shaping next generation tools. Postgraduate students designing their own mobile analytics dashboard Co-design and participatory design for learning analytics requires a clear vision of what is learning and how data …
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CIC led the Higher Education Text Analytics project (HETA), funded by the Australian Technology Network (ATN) Grants Scheme for Excellence in Learning and Teaching.

Tuning text analytics for student business reports

30 Nov 2018
UTS doctoral researcher Shibani Antonette developed a resource describing the contextualisation of AcaWriter for Accounting students. Shibani describes how a learning design pattern developed for Law students has been adapted to the requirements of the Business Faculty.
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Progress with the Text Analytics Pipeline (TAP)

20 Nov 2018
The Text Analytics Pipeline (TAP) software underwent significant improvements. A batch mode now allows the processing of unlimited numbers of documents from Amazon S3 Cloud storage....
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Building a bespoke language model for student feedback

20 Nov 2018
In the course of investigating the use of Natural Language Processing and machine learning tools to better extract and navigate our student comments data, it became apparent that many tools have some shortcomings when used on this type of text.
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Contextualisable learning analytics for writing support

13 Nov 2018
UTS doctoral researcher Shibani Antonette gave a presentation toward the end of 2018 on text analytics for writing analysis. The key question she tackles is how we scale text analytics whilst also recognising the important contextual differences of students engaged in different kinds of writing, in different disciplines.
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Monash University I 23 - 24 Nov 2018

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
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Latest advances in personalised feedback to nursing teams

14 Dec 2018
In an exciting new paper from the Health Simulation Analytics project, we document our approach to give meaning to multimodal group activity data, in order to give personalised feedback to teams as quickly as possible..
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Immediate, Personalised Feedback on reflective

1 Feb 2019
A two year collaboration between CIC and UTS academics to design a feedback tool that assists students with improving their drafts prior to submission.
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Ideation Studio I 13 Feb 2019

Media Monitoring and Racism

A conversation hosted by CIC, in collaboration with racial equality organisation - All Together Now. It explored ways in which UTS and All Together Now can use analytics and machine learning to automate the monitoring of racism in the media and consequently, combat this discrimination.
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Ideation Studio I 18 Feb 2019

OnTask & Learning Analytics API Workshop

This workshop brought together system architects from multiple universities interested in the future of the OnTask architecture, and the Learning Analytics API (LA-API) architecture.
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Ideation Studio I 19 Feb 2019

UX/LX Workshop on Personalised Feedback

CIC hosted a workshop on the design of good User and Learner Experiences with systems providing automated, personalised student feedback at scale. Replay the stunning keynote from Holly Derry.
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Ideation Studio I 21 Feb 2019

SWARM Collective Intelligence in Action

SWARM is a platform aimed at improving analytical reasoning in intelligence work. In large-scale testing, teams on SWARM showed they could produce remarkably better reasoning than control teams. Replay this exciting seminar from Tim van Gelder.
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Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference (LAK) 2019

4 - 8 March 2019
CIC had a strong presence at LAK2019 with 7 of the current team actively participating across the 2 days of workshops and hackathons as well as the 3-day conference.
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Team News

Nikhil

Welcome Nikhil!

CIC warmly welcomes Nikhil Sarathy who came on board the team last month. Nikhil is a doctoral student in Learning Analytics, with a focus on future learning ecosystems and the key challenge of lifelong learner data interoperability.
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Visiting PhD students from South China Normal University

Zhenzhen: "I am a Ph.D. student majoring in Educational Technology.Since September 2017, I have been studying in South China Normal University.My research during this period has involved in a funded projectThis that aims to evaluate students' computational thinking through human-computer interaction and provide actionable and tailored feedback for further learning."
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Xizhe: "My research interests include, learning analytics, big data in education, and service computing. As a visiting student here, I am very grateful for this fantastic opportunity to learn from CIC. I hope some meaningful work could be achieved by cooperation to improve the effect of learning and teaching during these six months.
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Gloria

We welcome our newest PhD candidate Gloria from Colombia!

"The Big Question for me is: how to give meaning to multimodal data to enhance teaching and learning process in blended scenarios? I can see a huge potential in analytics in both physical and virtual spaces, I think linking both could bring the possibility to model learner’s profile in a more complete way."
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