Dr Danny Liu

Ph. D., Grad. Cert. Higher Education, B. Sc. (Adv.) (Hons)
Senior Lecturer

A12 - Macleay Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 8627 5236

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Biographical details

Danny is a molecular biologist by training, programmer by night, researcher and academic developer by day, and educator at heart. He works at the confluence of educational technology, student engagement, learning analytics/educational data science, pedagogical research, organisational leadership, and professional development. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Academic Development and Leadership in the Educational Innovation team in the DVC (Education) Portfolio at the University of Sydney, a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Computing at Macquarie University, and an Honorary Associate in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Sydney.

Prior to this, Danny was a Teaching Fellow in the Faculty of Science at the University of Sydney, where he was closely involved in the award-winning redevelopment of a number of introductory science units. Having convened and taught large undergraduate courses with over 1000 students (give or take a few hundred), he has a strong background in student engagement (such as through technology and inquiry-based learning), student transition, and infusing technology throughout the curriculum. Danny’s research career started with a PhD in the molecular and cell biology of plants, and his research and development focus has gradually shifted towards education after seeing the wide-reaching impact of good learning and teaching.

Research interests

Danny has a range of research interests where students are at the centre, including learning analytics and educational data mining, educational technology, student engagement and transition, inquiry-based learning, design-based research, and tertiary science education.

Teaching and supervision

Teaching

  • EDPR6012 Developing Integrated eLearning Environments in Higher Education - coordination and teaching.
  • MBLG1001 - lecturing.

He would be happy to supervise students interested in any of his broad teaching and research areas.

Current projects

  • Scaling the provision of personalised learning support actions for large student cohorts
  • Using analytics to push the boundaries of the online discussion forum
  • Developing science student skills in the first year
  • Empowering and personalising instructor-student interactions with student data using the Student Relationship Engagement System
  • Learning analytics for MOOCs at the University of Sydney
  • Developing and evaluating an open source learning analytics plugin for Moodle

Associations

  • Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education
  • Society for Learning Analytics Research
  • NSW learning analytics working group

Awards and honours

  • Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Award for Excellence in Learning Analytics Finalist
  • Office of Learning and Teaching Award for Teaching Excellence
  • University of Sydney Vice Chancellor’s Award for Learning and Teaching
  • University Co-Operative Bookshop Excellence in Teaching Award
  • Office of Learning and Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
  • Australian Society of Plant Scientists Teaching Award
  • Faculty of Science Learning and Teaching Award
  • Science and Mathematics Network (SaMnet) scholar

Selected grants

2015

  • Using analytics to push the boundaries of the online discussion forum; Keep M, Bartimote-Aufflick K, Bridgeman A, Liu D, Pardo A, Taylor C, Nguyen H; University of Sydney/Educational Innovation Grant.
  • Embedding and evaluating active learning in a large foundational unit; Vicary A, Liu D, Spence N, Froissard J, Latchman R; Macquarie University/Extension Program.
  • Presentations: supporting a key skill; Spencer N, Liu D, Ang L, Breyer Y; Macquarie University/Innovation and Scholarship Program.
  • Holistic learning analytics for learning design and student success; Liu D, Froissard J, Dillon-Savage B, Seeto D, Richards D, Hamilton J, Ambler T, Breyer Y; Macquarie University/Innovation and Scholarship Program.

2014

  • Developing Science-wide frameworks for technology-leveraged in-semester feedback; Hudson T, Liu D, Newsome T, Taylor C; University of Sydney/Educational Innovation Grant.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Overall, R., Liu, D., Barton, D. (2013). Plasmodesmata: New Perspective on Old Questions. In Katarzyna Sokolowska & Pawel Sowinski (Eds.), Symplastic Transport in Vascular Plants, (pp. 217-239). London: Springer Science+Business Media.

Journals

  • Liu, D., Smith, P., Barton, D., Day, D., Overall, R. (2016). Characterisation of Arabidopsis calnexin 1 and calnexin 2 in the endoplasmic reticulum and at plasmodesmata. Protoplasma, in press. [More Information]
  • Liu, D., Taylor, C. (2014). Integrating Inquiry and Technology into the Undergraduate Introductory Biology Curriculum. International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, 22(2), 1-18.
  • Barton, D., Cole, L., Collings, D., Liu, D., Smith, P., Day, D., Overall, R. (2011). Cell-to-cell transport via the lumen of the endoplasmic reticulum. Plant Journal, 66(5), 806-817. [More Information]
  • Liu, D., Kuhlmey, B., Smith, P., Day, D., Faulkner, C., Overall, R. (2008). Reflection across plant cell boundaries in confocal laser scanning microscopy. Journal of Microscopy, 231(2), 349-357. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Liu, D., Taylor, C., Bridgeman, A., Bartimote-Aufflick, K., Pardo, A. (2016). Empowering instructors through customizable collection and analyses of actionable information. The 6th International Learning Analytics & Knowledge Conference's - 1st Learning Analytics for Curriculum and Program Quality Improvement Workshop 25 April 2016, Aachen, Germany: CEUR-WS.
  • Liu, D., Richards, D., Dawson, P., Froissard, J., Atif, A. (2016). Knowledge Acquisition for Learning Analytics: Comparing Teacher-Derived, Algorithm-Derived, and Hybrid Models in the Moodle Engagement Analytics Plugin. 14th Pacific Rim Knowledge Acquisition Workshop (PKAW 2016), Phuket: Springer. [More Information]
  • McPherson, J., Tong, H., Fatt, S., Liu, D. (2016). Student perspectives on data provision and use: Starting to unpack disciplinary differences. 6th International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge, LAK 2016, New York: ACM. [More Information]
  • Liu, D., Moore, E., Hamilton, J., Nemes, Y. (2016). xAPI and Temporality: Open standards to store and analyse temporal learner data. 6th International Learning Analytics & Knowledge Conference, Edinburgh: Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR).
  • Liu, D., Froissard, J., Richards, D., Atif, A. (2015). An enhanced learning analytics plugin for Moodle: student engagement and personalised intervention. Ascilite 2015: Australasian Society for Computers in Learning and Tertiary Education, Perth: Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education.
  • Liu, D., Rogers, T., Pardo, A. (2015). Learning analytics - are we at risk of missing the point? Ascilite 2015: Australasian Society for Computers in Learning and Tertiary Education, Perth: Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education.
  • Liu, D., Richards, D., Froissard, J., Atif, A. (2015). Validating the effectiveness of the Moodle Engagement Analytics Plugin to predict student academic performance. 21st Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS 2015), Puerto Rico: AMCIS.
  • Liu, D., Bridgeman, A., Denyer, G., Taylor, C. (2014). Technology that Works: Engaging Students Using Active Learning Facilitated by Technology. The Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education ACSME 2014, NSW: University of Technology, Sydney.
  • Liu, D., Taylor, C. (2013). Engaging students in large lectures of introductory biology and molecular biology service courses using student response systems. 19th Annual UniServe Science Conference: Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education (ACSME), Australia: Uniserve Science.

2016

  • Liu, D., Smith, P., Barton, D., Day, D., Overall, R. (2016). Characterisation of Arabidopsis calnexin 1 and calnexin 2 in the endoplasmic reticulum and at plasmodesmata. Protoplasma, in press. [More Information]
  • Liu, D., Taylor, C., Bridgeman, A., Bartimote-Aufflick, K., Pardo, A. (2016). Empowering instructors through customizable collection and analyses of actionable information. The 6th International Learning Analytics & Knowledge Conference's - 1st Learning Analytics for Curriculum and Program Quality Improvement Workshop 25 April 2016, Aachen, Germany: CEUR-WS.
  • Liu, D., Richards, D., Dawson, P., Froissard, J., Atif, A. (2016). Knowledge Acquisition for Learning Analytics: Comparing Teacher-Derived, Algorithm-Derived, and Hybrid Models in the Moodle Engagement Analytics Plugin. 14th Pacific Rim Knowledge Acquisition Workshop (PKAW 2016), Phuket: Springer. [More Information]
  • McPherson, J., Tong, H., Fatt, S., Liu, D. (2016). Student perspectives on data provision and use: Starting to unpack disciplinary differences. 6th International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge, LAK 2016, New York: ACM. [More Information]
  • Liu, D., Moore, E., Hamilton, J., Nemes, Y. (2016). xAPI and Temporality: Open standards to store and analyse temporal learner data. 6th International Learning Analytics & Knowledge Conference, Edinburgh: Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR).

2015

  • Liu, D., Froissard, J., Richards, D., Atif, A. (2015). An enhanced learning analytics plugin for Moodle: student engagement and personalised intervention. Ascilite 2015: Australasian Society for Computers in Learning and Tertiary Education, Perth: Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education.
  • Liu, D., Rogers, T., Pardo, A. (2015). Learning analytics - are we at risk of missing the point? Ascilite 2015: Australasian Society for Computers in Learning and Tertiary Education, Perth: Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education.
  • Liu, D., Richards, D., Froissard, J., Atif, A. (2015). Validating the effectiveness of the Moodle Engagement Analytics Plugin to predict student academic performance. 21st Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS 2015), Puerto Rico: AMCIS.

2014

  • Liu, D., Taylor, C. (2014). Integrating Inquiry and Technology into the Undergraduate Introductory Biology Curriculum. International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, 22(2), 1-18.
  • Liu, D., Bridgeman, A., Denyer, G., Taylor, C. (2014). Technology that Works: Engaging Students Using Active Learning Facilitated by Technology. The Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education ACSME 2014, NSW: University of Technology, Sydney.

2013

  • Liu, D., Taylor, C. (2013). Engaging students in large lectures of introductory biology and molecular biology service courses using student response systems. 19th Annual UniServe Science Conference: Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education (ACSME), Australia: Uniserve Science.
  • Overall, R., Liu, D., Barton, D. (2013). Plasmodesmata: New Perspective on Old Questions. In Katarzyna Sokolowska & Pawel Sowinski (Eds.), Symplastic Transport in Vascular Plants, (pp. 217-239). London: Springer Science+Business Media.

2011

  • Barton, D., Cole, L., Collings, D., Liu, D., Smith, P., Day, D., Overall, R. (2011). Cell-to-cell transport via the lumen of the endoplasmic reticulum. Plant Journal, 66(5), 806-817. [More Information]

2008

  • Liu, D., Kuhlmey, B., Smith, P., Day, D., Faulkner, C., Overall, R. (2008). Reflection across plant cell boundaries in confocal laser scanning microscopy. Journal of Microscopy, 231(2), 349-357. [More Information]

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