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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 analysis can be used to benefit participants. Researchers and academics commonly des...
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Accounting students using AcaWriter to get instant feedback on their writing

In summary: AcaWriter (writing analytics tool) tested in new genre of writing Rolled out to over 600 accounting students with exciting positive feedbacks   CIC’s Writing Analytics tool AcaWriter is now being tested for in a new genre of writing – business reports written by accounting students. The tool has been rolled out to about 600 students in UTS this semester (Spring 2018) with a version of automated feedback tuned for this genre. Rhetorical moves from AcaWriter were mapped to t...
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The Student Experience Analytics (SEA) Project

  In summary: The SEA Project uses a time series representation (advanced statistics and exploratory visualisations) of the student response rates from available survey data to deliver valuable new insights to student experiences Already, it has uncovered hidden strengths and weaknesses, enabling CIC to better respond to faculty queries about this data   What would we learn about the student experience at UTS if we crunched together a whole bunch of quantitative and qualitat...
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CIC @ 2018 UTS Vice Chancellor’s Learning and Teaching Showcase

The showcase was a celebration for work done by 2017 UTS Vice Chancellor's Learning and Teaching Award and Citation recipients. This event celebrates the many ways teaching and professional staff at UTS are creating the best possible learning experiences and learning outcomes for our students. It showcases projects that some of these recipients have worked on, such as ‘Developing scientists for the modern laboratory’ and ‘The Justice Brennan Project: Empowering students as change-agents’. S...
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Telling better educational stories with data visualisation

As we drown in information, "dashboards" have become pervasive, but how we present the information to the end user is a challenge. Dashboards are often too complex with users bombarded with information that may not be relevant. Let’s take education as an example, where dashboards are being designed to help students with different aspects of their learning, for example,  managing time effectively, accessing key learning resources, or gaining a richer picture of their progress.   But here's the...
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Meet CIC’s Data Scientist

CIC’s Data Scientist, Mike Pracy, is available to consult with you on how you can 'do data' better, faster, smarter.  Mike's background is in Physics and Astronomy research. He has a PhD in Astrophysics from the University of New South Wales and has held research positions in Universities and Astronomical Observatories. He has primarily worked on better understanding distant galaxies and Cosmology with a particular focus on the role played by 'super-massive' black holes. Much of his work invo...
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Event recap: Humans, Data, AI & Ethics – The Great Debate

On Wednesday December 6th, two teams of UTS academics and industry partners gathered at UTS for the hotly anticipated “Humans, Data, AI & Ethics – Great Debate”.  The rhetorical battle raised the provocative proposition that: “Humans have blown it: it’s time to turn the planet over to the machines”  The debate was preceded by our daytime Conversation  which featured engaging panel discussions and Lightning Talks from UTS academics and partners in government and industry. The debate ...
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CIC leading ATN Text Analytics Project

CIC leading ATN Text Analytics Project   UTS and its sister universities of technology in the other states form the Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN), to advance our common missions through collaboration. We are delighted to say that the ATN’s Learning and Teaching Grants Scheme, which promotes joint innovation across the ATN, has just awarded CIC $100,000 to lead a project focusing on the promise and practicalities of Text Analytics. CIC has been focusing on text analytic...
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Hack to the Future: UTS MDSI students continue their winning Hackathon run

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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Kailash Awati

CIC continues to grow as we welcome our new Senior Lecturer Data Science - Kailash Awati. Kailash is co-founder of Sensanalytics, a consultancy specialising in sensemaking and analytics. Prior to this, he worked for a pharmaceutical multinational where he set up a global IT service center specialising in business intelligence and analytics. Over the last several years, he has worked as a data and analytics geek; facilitator and sensemaker; data / information architect; project manager and ...
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