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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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The great potential of AI in Education (if used wisely)

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Data big and small have come to education, from creating online platforms to increasing standardised assessments. But how can AI help us use and improve it? UTS CIC academics Simon Buckingham-Shum and Simon Knight reflect on the promise and potential pitfalls of Artificial Intelligence in Education. Read their full Conversation AU piece here.
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CIC academic presents at international learning analytics conferences in Europe

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In April 2017, CIC academics Roberto Martinez-Maldonado, Andrew Gibson and Simon Buckingham-Shum had multiple learning analytics research papers accepted for two international conferences held in Romania and Slovakia this month (July 2017). ICALT 2017 (International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies) was held in the city of Timisoara, Romania from July 3-7; and UMAP 2017 (User Modelling, Adaptation and Personalisation) took place in Bratislava, Slovakia from July 9-12. &...
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Michael Pracy joins CIC as Data Scientist

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CIC is delighted to announce that astrophysicist Michael Pracy has joined the team in a Data Scientist role. We'll let Mike introduce himself! My new role at CIC is as a Data Scientist. It is a service position, tasked with providing analytic support, data analysis and modelling to other UTS business units. I will also provide advice or collaborate with research students and academic staff at CIC involved with data analytics and machine learning applications. My background is in physi...
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Theresa Anderson on the “slow information” movement

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Associate Professor Theresa Dirndorfer Anderson was recently interviewed by Alexandra Cain from the Sydney Morning Herald's MySmallBusiness publication on the topic of "slow information". An extract from the article: "...we all grapple with the pace of commercial life. At the same time, we have more information at our fingertips than ever before.This is great in lots of ways as it gives us plenty of real data on which to base business decisions. But we're bombarded by information and it's ...
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Dr Simon Knight on “fake news”, epistemic cognition & the double-edged sword of data

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CIC Lecturer Dr Simon Knight has produced an article for The British Psychological Society addressing the rise of so-called "fake news", and the way we process information online. The piece, entitled "A lens on fake news" begins as follows: Every day we face complex situations in which the information we need, and who we trust to provide that information, has a very real impact on our lives. How do we evaluate the competing claims of politicians on climate change policy, or Brexit; navigate m...
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