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MDSI students shine (again) in NSW Gov Data Challenge

Students studying the Master of Data Science & Innovation (MDSI) have once again emerged victorious in the second NSW government’s Data Analytics Centre invitational hackathon. Tackling three rounds of a challenge set by Fire and Rescue NSW to differentiate true fires from false alarms, the winning team enriched the dataset provided by adding weather and Twitter data, and generated additional features such as building type. Excitingly, their work may now influence data policy. A combined...
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Reflections on 2015

Tomorrow it's Christmas Eve, and CIC will fall silent as midday strikes! It's a good moment to reflect on a dynamic year. . . If you're seeing this via our newsletter, then welcome to the first of the new updates in which we aggregate from the CIC website the month's activities for you to stay in touch with everything that the CIC team is up to. To kick things off, we have a bumper issue pulling in the last two months' news, plus this end of year retrospective. An innovation lab is only as g...
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Running an internal Data Challenge

The irony we need to iron out One of the ironies in universities the world over is that academics secure external funding to analyse diverse organisations with their dilemmas, but more rarely tackle their own institutional challenges. Consider computer science, statistics, management, economics: often they are focused on analysing data from other organisations. This is typically due to a mix of funding incentives, professional identity/career development, and organisational politics (it ca...
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Partnering with a future-focused school

CIC's primary audiences for our Learning Analytics work are our UTS academic and other staff colleagues, and our students. However, CIC was also created to advance the work of researchers in other faculties through the use of analytics. Our colleagues in the School of Education are partnering with Turramurra High School (THS), which has been recognised by the NSW Department of Education as a leading school in the state. We are adding additional dimensions to this: through the work of Ruth...
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Declara social learning pilot kickoff

We've just spent a stimulating two days with James Stanbridge from Declara, exploring the opportunities for UTS to support different kinds of learning community with social curation tools, as well as next generation learning analytics research possibilities. Here I am with James and CIC's Theresa Anderson, recording this moment for posterity!   Declara provides many of the tools common in social networking and bookmarking, with a recommendation engine that seeks to personalise the user exp...
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Reflecting on reflective writing analytics

Tweet Computational “assessment” of writing elicits strong reactions from many educators. For sceptics, handing over to a machine the task of feeding back or even grading writing crosses a boundary line marking the limits of AI. It also raises the same fears that any disruptive technology brings, around redefining roles and identities in a profession. Effective writing is not only central to education and the workplace, but a lifelong citizenship competency for engaging in society. Many academ...
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CfP: Learning Analytics for C21 Competencies

CfP: Learning Analytics for 21st Century Competencies Special Issue Editors: Simon Buckingham Shum & Ruth Crick (University of Technology Sydney) Full call for Special Issue submissions: http://bit.ly/jlac21 A strategic educational response to a world of constant change is to focus explicitly on nurturing the skills and dispositions which equip learners to cope with novel, complex situations, assessed under authentic conditions. Thus, even if we do not know what the future holds, we can be ...
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