Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2016 Archive

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LARG showcase session

2 November 2016

A presentation by the Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation (CRLI) and the Learning Analytics Research Group (LARG).

LARG is a joint venture of the newly established Quality and Analytics Group within the University's Education Portfolio, and the new Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation connected to the Sydney School of Education and Social Work. The key purposes for establishing LARG are to:

  • build capacity in learning analytics, for the benefit of the institution, its staff and its students

  • generate interest and expertise in learning analytics at the University, and build a new network of research colleagues

  • build a profile for The University of Sydney as a national and international leader in learning analytics.

This seminar is the first event in which the LARG will showcase its recent projects.

Presenter: Jess McBroom
Effective mining of data from autograding submission systems offers the potential to improve educational outcomes by identifying student habits and behaviours and their relationship with levels of achievement. In particular, it may assist in identifying students at risk of performing poorly, allowing for early intervention. This talk by School of IT student Jess McBroom will focus on a double-clustering approach that was applied to autograding submission data from a junior course in computer science, allowing the researchers to identify common student behaviours and study their variance throughout the semester, then assess its usefulness in improving educational outcomes.

Presenter: Associate Professor Kalina Yacef
The many and varied learning technologies, and their ubiquitous nature, offer a great opportunity to collect rich, multidimensional data about students’ learning. Dr Yacef will discuss whether these datasets can be turned into useful information to support teachers and learners. This talk will present the educational data mining techniques Dr Yacef has developed in a range of projects, and explain how the information extracted was used to generate automated feedback; support students’ reflection and awareness; and augment teachers’ interventions and classroom management. Dr Yacef will discuss these outcomes through the prism of various projects, in which techniques such as mirroring visualisations, association rules, sequential pattern mining, clustering and reciprocal recommenders were developed and empirically tested.

This seminar will not be available online or recorded.

Event details

  • When: 11.30am–1pm

  • Where: Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
    Education Building A35
    Click image for interactive map.

  • Cost: Free

  • RSVP: Not necessary

  • Contact: Sadhbh Warren
    T: +61 9351 2612

  • More info: Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch to eat during the event.

Learning Analytics Research Group showcase session

Where Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
Education Building A35
Click image for interactive map.


2 November 2016

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