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In learning analytics, we want to take data about our students and teachers and use this to help us understand each other and to make our learning and teaching experiences better. Rather than just collect and focus on some of the measurements that we already know about attendance, grade performance, and so on, analytics research by the CSER group looks for key indicators that we can use to measure the impact of change in pedagogical practice. Analytics is more than simple statistics, because it requires a detailed investigation of qualitative, quantitative and behavioural aspects (such as cognitive biases) to develop truly useful analytical processes.

Best Paper Nomination – AIED 2015

Congratulations to Thushari Atapattu! A paper led by Thushari on her thesis work has been nominated for the Best Paper Award at the AIED 2015 conference. Educational Question Answering Motivated by Question- Specific Concept Maps by Thushari Atapattu, Katrina Falkner, Nickolas Falkner

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ACM TOCE: A method to analyse computer science students’ teamwork in online collaborative learning environments

CSER is pleased to announce that our work on developing a teamwork learning analytics dashboard for analysing and assessment online collaborations for Computer Science and Software Engineering students has been accepted for publication in ACM Transactions on Computing Education. Our Teamwork Analysis Dashboard builds upon earlier work where we developed a qualitative analysis framework for […]

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AIED 2015: Educational Question Answering motivated by Question-Specific Concept Maps

Thushari Atapattu has had some more recent results from her thesis work accepted for publication in the upcoming AIED Conference. Question answering (QA) is the automated process of answering general questions submitted by humans in natural language. QA has previously been explored within the educational context to facilitate learning, however the majority of works have […]

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ITiCSE 2015: Task-Adapted Concept Map Scaffolding to Support Quizzes in an Online Environment

Recent results from Thushari’s thesis work on the use of concept maps, and partial, task-adapted concept maps in education have been accepted for publication at ITiCSE 2015. This paper investigates the effect of different forms of scaffolding techniques to support answering quizzes in an online learning environment. Concept maps which represent a course topic have […]

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ITiCSE 2015: Using Learning Analytics to Visualise Computer Science Teamwork

The CSER group has recently developed a teamwork analytics dashboard, designed to assist lecturers in understanding how online collaborations are working (or not!), and to help them identify discussions and teams that require assistance. Recent work from this project, exploring the first use of the dashboard in a final year Computer Science course has been […]

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Research Grant: Automated Analysis of MOOC Discussion Content to Support Personalised Learning, K. Falkner, Google MOOC Focused Research Awards. ($50,000 US) (2015-2016)

Research Grant: Automated Analysis of MOOC Discussion Content to Support Personalised Learning, K. Falkner, Google MOOC Focused Research Awards. ($50,000 US) (2015-2016) Discussion forums or communities form a significant component of many MOOCs and the interaction between MOOC participants is essential in assisting their learning. However, participants reportedly struggle with the overwhelming abundance of information and the […]

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ICSE 2015: The Development of A Dashboard Tool for Visualising Online Teamwork Discussions

Many software development organisations today adopt global software engineering (GSE) and agile models; requiring software engineers (SE) to collaborate and develop software in flexible, distributed, online teams. However, many employers have expressed that graduates lack teamwork skills and one of the most commonly occurring problems with GSE models are issues with project management. Team managers […]

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HERGA Presentation on Usability Testing

CSER will be presenting some of the initial findings from their involvement in the usability testing project at the upcoming HERGA conference. Hopefully we will see some of you there! Our usability testing project forms part of an OLT innovation and development grant led by Associate Professor Denise Wood titled, ‘An evidence-based approach to the […]

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Usability Testing Update! OLT Innovation & Development Grant ID13-2658

We have been working on an OLT innovation and development grant led by Associate Professor Denise Wood titled, ‘An evidence-based approach to the design and redevelopment of inclusive technology enhanced learning environments‘. We nominated our first-year course ‘Introduction to Programming‘ to be involved in usability testing and redesign. Effective design for any course is important […]

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Dr Nick Falkner attending a #HILT2014 course on Network Analysis & Visualisation

Nick is attending the Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching courses at Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, #hilt2014, for the second year running. Last year, Nick attended Matt Jocker’s excellent course on R and this year Nick is attending Elijah Meek’s course on Network Analysis and Visualisation. This course will be a valuable contribution to […]

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