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CIC contributes to UTS Creative Cluster on AI

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CIC academics and MDSI students featured prominently at the UTS Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Creative Intelligence Unit’s creative clusters on “You + A.I” throughout the month of October. The four-part creative cluster series kicked off on October 10 and ran weekly until October 31, 2017. In the first cluster, guests were introduced to A.I., its meaning and its uses.  CIC representatives joined other UTS researchers, industry thought leaders and other amazing minds in the field of artif...
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Fighting “fake news” with the Strawman tool

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Collaborators from the UTS Connected Intelligence Centre, School of Education and School of Communication have submitted a fascinating research grant proposal to investigate the use of an educational tool to improve the media literacy of teenagers. The Trump-inspired debate about ‘fake news’ has raised concerns about the media literacy of early high school age children (years 7, 8 & 9). Fuelled by concerns that young adults are being exposed to and are often the disseminators of ‘fake...
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Simon Knight attends CRADLE Symposium on Digital Assessment Technologies

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On October 16-17, CIC academic Simon Knight attended Deakin University’s “Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning” (CRADLE) International Symposium entitled Re-imagining assessment in a digital world. The Open Forum event featured a panel of domestic and international experts working in the fields of learning science and analytics. Participants reflected on how technology is transforming teaching and learning in higher education. Whilst there are many exciting possibilit...
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Associate Professor Theresa Anderson busts AI myths at eRSA

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On the 5th of October, Associate Professor Theresa Dirndorfer Anderson presented at E-Research South Australia's (eRSA) Innovation Symposium in Adelaide, discussing the topic of: “AI Beyond the Myths”. MC’d by Bruce Linn, the panel of expert speakers at the Symposium included South Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Leanna Read; Professor Lyle Palmer from the University of Adelaide; Professor Anton van den Hengel, the Director of theAustralian Centre for Visual Technologies (ACVT); eRSA CEO ...
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MDSI students star at GovHack NSW 2017

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In summary: Students undertaking the UTS Master of Data Science and Innovation have taken home several prizes at 2017 GovHack NSW events (July 28 – 30) GovHack NSW hosted open events in Sydney City, Parramatta and Broken Hill, inviting participants to apply their skills and creativity to unlock the potential of data. Masters of Data Science and Innovation students have maintained their winning Hackathon form, claiming multiple awards in a jam-packed weekend of GovHack 2017 data challe...
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Towards Contested Collective Intelligence

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As society's problems get only more complex (not just more complicated), there is growing interest in how we can blend "the cloud with the crowd" — the best of machine intelligence and human intelligence. Specifically, complex, wicked problems are never resolvable by individuals analysing a problem and announcing the solution. Multiple perspectives are needed, and engaging stakeholders in helping to define the problem, never mind deciding what might count as an acceptable solution, is critical. ...
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Addressing educators’ concerns about Learning Analytics

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It was a pleasure to spend Tuesday afternoon in Melbourne at the Assessment Research Centre (Director, Sandra Milligan) and Centre for the Study of Higher Education (Director, Gregor Kennedy). There is such a breadth and depth of work in these centres, and I met an extraordinary range of researchers. They invited me to address the concerns that many educators have around "Learning Analytics" — the application of data science to educational data, so here goes... Teaching, Assessment and Learn...
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Hack to the Future: UTS MDSI students continue their winning Hackathon run

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In summary: A team of UTS Master of Data Science and Innovation students have won first prize at the 2017 Unearthed Sydney hackathon, replicating the success of their MDSI colleagues in 2016. The 54 hour long event challenged participants to develop prototype solutions to data challenges in the mining and resource sector.  For the second year running, UTS students undertaking the Master of Data Science and Innovation (MDSI) degree have achieved the ultimate success at th...
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CIC collaboration with UTS:Pharmacy wins Teaching Innovation Prize

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CIC Researchers Simon Buckingham-Shum, Andrew Gibson and Adam Aitken, along with Cherie Lucas from UTS Pharmacy have been awarded a Teaching Innovation Prize in Italy for their poster summarising their development of the Academic Writing Analytics (AWA) tool for student self-reflection. The poster, entitled "Utilisation of a novel online educational tool to assist pharmacy students to self-critique reflective writing tasks" explains the objectives and designs of the tool, which has already b...
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