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  • MDSI Digest Spring Semester 2015 – issue 13
    Posted by Theresa Anderson on November 25, 2015 at 3:15 am

    With the end of the semester, the MDSI Digests are taking on a more abbreviated form. The focus this week is on enrolments for next semester and updates on MDSI activities – including updates on the fabulous results of our MDSI participants in the NSWDAC challenge! Student Survival Tips Enroling in subjects for next semester I’ve heard from […]

  • MDSI Digest Spring Semester 2015 – issue 12
    Posted by Theresa Anderson on November 13, 2015 at 4:26 am

    Hi all, It’s been an ueber-busy fortnight (no doubt for us all), so running a little behind on my Digests. With the Spring semester just about behind us, it is time for final assessments, exams (in some subjects) and planning for next semester. Here are some quick pointers to keep you on track with what’s […]

  • MDSI Digest Spring Semester 2015 – issue 11
    Posted by Theresa Anderson on October 30, 2015 at 5:48 am

    Hi everyone, As I mentioned in my tweets earlier this week, an attack of flu at the end of last week forced the cancellation of last week’s Digest. With the semester quickly drawing to a close, I suspect you are all deeply immersed in final assignments and preparation for the exams that some of you taking […]



from the Learning Emergence blog. . .

  • Learning Analytics for 21st Century Competencies?
    Posted by Simon Buckingham Shum on September 20, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    We’re delighted to announce a Special Section of the Journal of Learning Analytics, published this week, focusing on the challenge of Learning Analytics for 21st Century Competencies. In our editorial we introduce the nature of the challenge, and after summarising the different researcher and practitioner papers, propose a complex systems approach which takes seriously the ‘layers, loops and processes’ of learning infrastructures and the iterative relationship between the human and the digital, where people learn at the nodes of networked flows of information. Learning analytics is an emerging field powered by the paradigm shifts of the information age. Pedagogy and learning that produce students capable of thriving in conditions of complexity, risk, and challenge by taking responsibility for their own learning journeys, and using technology and analytics[... […]

  • Scaffolding deep reflection with automated feedback?
    Posted by Simon Buckingham Shum on August 27, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    We’ve all got used to the idea that computers can understand writing and speech to some degree — Google adverts that match your search queries… asking Siri simple questions… IBM Watson winning Jeopardy! But how does natural language processing fit into learning that goes beyond getting the right answer to a focused question, or matching some key concepts? Language is clearly front and centre in the way that we learn from others, share our understanding, and narrate to ourselves. However, the idea that computers have any substantive contribution to make to the teaching and assessment of writing elicits strong reactions from educators, and understandably so (learn more from this workshop). In recent work that we’ve been doing at University of Technology Sydney, we’re exploring to what extent text[... […]

  • Customer Journeys: Learning Journeys – beyond ‘nudge’ to digital decisioning at scale
    Posted by Ruth Deakin Crick on February 12, 2016 at 11:06 am

    The Learning Emergence team hosted an International Centre for Infrastructure Futures workshop at the Systems Centre  yesterday to explore the synergy between ‘customer journeys’ as developed in the digital architecture of retail banking – and ‘learning journeys’ as developed by the Bristol team to capture the personal and social processes which contribute to the development of ‘resilient agency’. the achievable goal of true ‘customer at a time’ value management with many millions of customers Dec Blue Partner  Tim Crick, also a Learning Emergence Partner, showed how advanced customer decisioning technology can help organisations deliver agile and adaptive ‘customer at a time’ value management strategies across digital, assisted and face-to-face  channels. This transformation in approach to customer management is radical – from a product/campaign centred approach to a[... […]



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  • Why do Learning Analytics research?
    Posted by sbs on May 17, 2017 at 9:10 am

    (Invited remarks at the launch of another university’s Learning Analytics research network) Many universities base their learning analytics capability in a teaching and learning service centre, or in an IT business intelligence unit. You have already got some analytics running as a service, but you have now decided to launch a learning analytics research network. […]

  • Learning Analytics Summer Institute 2017
    Posted by sbs on May 4, 2017 at 1:57 am

    This year’s field-building Learning Analytics Summer Institute, organised by SoLAR, is once again hosted at U. Michigan, with satellite LASI-Locals running in parallel all over the world (e.g. for reference, here’s the 2016 program). Sign up if you can make it to Ann Arbor, or step up and convene a LASI to meet your community’s development needs in your own context. LASIs range […]

  • Writing Analytics update
    Posted by sbs on February 8, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    Since I arrived at UTS we’ve been researching and prototyping our way forward on writing analytics, in close collaboration with academics here, as part of our broader program to develop learning analytics for 21st century competencies/graduate attributes. We want to understand the potential of the (sometimes controversial) topic of providing students with automated feedback on their writing. […]



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    shawn-avatar from Shawn Wang. . .

    • How to use Action Cable with Devise
      Posted by Shawn on September 9, 2016 at 7:07 am

      The websocket server is running in a separate process from the Rails application so to authenticate the user we need cookies. Set up cookies in Devise [crayon-595424164ba70782048656/] Configure AC connection [crayon-595424164ba7c495607779/] &nbs […]

    • Delete file from git history completely
      Posted by Shawn on September 9, 2016 at 2:40 am

      Run the following code: [crayon-595424164c633246867085/] Alternatively: [crayon-595424164c63a240091960/] Learn more: http://stackoverflow.com/a/23188613 […]

    • Replace rails flash messages with toastr
      Posted by Shawn on September 9, 2016 at 2:15 am

      1. set up toastr 2. add the following code to application.html.erb [crayon-595424164c970554953348/] &nbs […]


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      Kailash Awati from Kailash Awati. . .

      • The improbability of success
        Posted by K on April 4, 2017 at 11:16 am

        Anyone who has tidied up after a toddler intuitively understands that making a mess is far easier than creating order. The fundamental reason for this is that the number of messy states in the universe (or a toddler’s room) far outnumbers the ordered ones.  As this point might not be obvious, I’ll demonstrate it via […]

      • Uncertainty, ambiguity and the art of decision making
        Posted by K on March 9, 2017 at 12:04 am

        A common myth about decision making in organisations is that it is, by and large, a rational process.   The term rational refers to decision-making methods that are based on the following broad steps: Identify available options. Develop criteria for rating options. Rate options according to criteria developed. Select the top-ranked option. Although this appears to be a […]

      • A prelude to machine learning
        Posted by K on February 23, 2017 at 5:12 am

        What is machine learning? The term machine learning gets a lot of airtime in the popular and trade press these days. As I started writing this article, I did a quick search for recent news headlines that contained this term. Here are the top three results with datelines within three days of the search: http://venturebeat.com/2017/02/01/beyond-the-gimmick-implementing-effective-machine-learning-vb-live/ […]


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