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Addressing educators’ concerns about Learning Analytics

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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Envisioning C21 Learning Analytics: LASI-Asia Keynote

CIC's Simon Buckingham Shum keynoted at the inaugural Asian Learning Analytics Summer Institute this week. LASI-Asia is one node in the international LASI network organised by the Society for Learning Analytics Research. This is an overview of the edited volume on the same theme, published in the Journal of Learning Analytics. If this topic is of interest, see also Learning Analytics vs. Cognitive Automation.
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CIC@LAK

CIC was very active at the 6th International Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK) Conference in April. Below is a quick guide to find out what they presented... Pre-Conference Workshops, Monday 25 April 8:30am-4:30pm: Simon Buckingham Shum and Simon Knight co-chaired the full-day workshop on “Critical Perspectives on Writing Analytics”, with Andrew Gibson contributing. 8:30am-12:30pm: Simon Knight co-chaired the workshop “Putting Temporal Analytics into Practice: The 5th International...
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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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Managing the Unimaginable

What would happen if we were to develop a mindset of  embracing the uncertainties (both present and emerging) that working with massive data sets entails rather than seeing them as problems to be solved? This question was the impetus for a paper which Theresa Anderson and Simon Buckingham Shum presented at the 11th Annual Social Informatics Research Symposium at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T). In keeping with the Symposium theme -- Imp...
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Creative contemplation meets data science in CICcalm

As we settled into our new home on the UTS Blackfriars campus, the team discovered a shared desire to make space for contemplation and calm in the midst of very busy lives.  And so CICcalm was born: a room set aside for quick creative and contemplative breaks from set work routines. It has become our go-to space for individual and collective meditation Inspiration for the current layout of CICcalm was drawn from Theresa Anderson's ongoing installation work at overseas conferences where part...
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New Book: Knowledge Art

A new book has just been published, as part of the Human-Centred Informatics series (Morgan Claypool), edited by Jack Carroll. Constructing Knowledge Art  An Experiential Perspective on Crafting Participatory Representations This book is about how people (we refer to them as practitioners) can help guide participants in creating representations of issues or ideas, such as collaborative diagrams, especially in the context of Participatory Design (PD). At its best, such representations ...
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New Book: Knowledge Cartography

Knowledge Cartography: Software Tools and Mapping Techniques CIC’s Director Simon Buckingham Shum has co-edited a new edition of Knowledge Cartography: Software Tools and Mapping Techniques. This exemplifies CIC’s approach to visualization as an aid to sensemaking when building Contested Collective Intelligence grounded in dialogue and argumentation. The book includes an extensive collection of real world case studies from research and education, with particular attention to the processes by wh...
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