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VIDEOS: Second Wednesday Events Season 2014: Data and Learning Analytics

By Dic Liew 27 May 2014 News Comments off

Professor Sara de Freitas, Associate DVC Teaching & Learning, Curtin University

Dr Rob Phillips, Academic, Faculty of Humanities, Curtin University

Mark Stevens, Skrydata

Sean Kellett, Service Enabled Manager, Telstra’s Cloud Service

Assoc. Professor Gareth Baynam, Clinical Geneticist, Genetic Services of WA

Professor Sara de Freitas, Associate DVC Teaching & Learning, Curtin University and Coert Du Plessis, Deloitte Analytics


A Unique Solution for Data Discovery by Mark Stevens

By Dic Liew 14 May 2014 News Comments off

Skrydata is predictive analytics for big data. Our unique technology is discovery, not hypothesis based and has applications in Business Intelligence, Business Process Improvement, Customer/Student churn prediction, Student capture and retention.

Second Wednesday Event – Data and Learning Analytics

By Dic Liew 12 May 2014 News Comments off

AGENDA

Wednesday, 14th May 2014
Venue: 204.234
1.30 – 5.00 pm

1.30 – 1.40pm Welcome and Introduction

Professor Sara de Freitas, Associate DVC Teaching & Learning, Curtin University

1.40 – 2.00pm Dr Rob Phillips, Academic, Faculty of Humanities, Curtin University

Exploring Learning Analytics as Indicators of Study Behaviour

Questions

2.00 – 2.20pm Mark Stevens, Skrydata
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2.20 – 2.40pm Sean Kellett, Service Enabled Manager, Telstra’s Cloud Services

Learning Analytics as a Service

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2.40 – 3.00pm Assoc. Professor Gareth Baynam, Clinical Geneticist, Genetic

Services of WA

Data Analytics for 1 in 12

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3.00 – 3.20pm Professor Sara de Freitas, Associate DVC Teaching & Learning, Curtin University and

Coert Du Plessis, Deloitte Analytics

The Business End of Analytics – Increasing our Retention Capability

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3.20 – 4.00 pm Panel Questions
4.00 – 5.00 pm Drinks and Networking at Curtin Teaching and Learning offices, level 1, building 105, Curtin University

The Business end of analytics – increasing our retention capability by Coert Du Plessis

By Dic Liew 9 May 2014 News Comments off

Our talk will cover an ongoing Strategic Curtin project to retain our students. This data driven behavioural micro segmentation approach uses one of the largest studies by volume of students and variety of data we are currently aware of. We will review the approach, the analysis method and how, at the business end, we are turning the analysis insights into value for Curtin and its students.

1 in 12 Data Analytics by Gareth Baynam

By Dic Liew 9 May 2014 News Comments off

An estimated 1 in 12 Australians is living with rare diseases which includes more than 40,000 Western Australian Children and many wait years to obtain a diagnosis, if one is achieved. An accurate diagnosis is a foundation of appropriate care. Many rare diseases have a strong genetic contribution. This talk will outline some current and emerging applications of data analytics that are being aligned to service unmet clinical need in this area of international public health priority. This will include the discussion of tools that can enable diagnostics in their own rights and, sometimes more powerfully, in combination. This includes imaging technologies, such as facial analysis, and genomic technologies, including next generation sequencing. To these ends, coordinated international efforts are developing clinician and patient-centric interfaces , ontologies, human and data networks and analytics. Approaches from other analytic domains can be repurposed for global health.

Gareth is a Clinical Geneticist at Genetic Services of Western Australia; a Clinical A/Prof at the School of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Western Australia, and at the Institute for Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Murdoch University; and an Adjunct Policy Advisor on Clinical Genomics at the WA Department of Health. He is WA Branch President of the Human Genetics Society of Australasia and a member of the National Rare Diseases Coordinating Committee, the Orphanet Australia National Advisory Body, Rare Voices Australia, and a Member of The Australasian College of Health Informaticians. He holds a Raine Clinician Research Fellowship: 1 in 12: Translational Research for Rare Diseases. He is the coordinating Australian Clinical Geneticist on a European Framework Program 7 grant RD-Connect: Connecting Biobanks, Registries and Bioinformatics for rare diseases research, and holds multiple roles on other European Union and Australian rare diseases grants. His clinical interests include Paediatric Genetics, Dysmorphology and Familial Cancer. His PhD was on genetic modifiers of vaccine response in children. His research interests include genetic and rare diseases diagnostics and registries; integrating computer-assisted analysis pipelines with clinical workflow; and precision phenomics, including 3D facial analysis. The later includes focuses developing facial signatures for diagnosis and treatment monitoring of rare and syndromic disorders, the overlap between normal range and disease-associated variation, and establishing normative Aboriginal Australian data.

Learning Analytics as a Service? by Sean Kellett

By Dic Liew 8 May 2014 News Comments off

Cloud computing promises to deliver efficient utilisation of IT resources; to be available on demand; to scale quickly; and to be offered via a pay-as-you-go commercial model. Broader economic and technological trends in the education sector, particularly for K-12, have policy makers seriously considering this promise when deciding how to deliver curriculum. What does the promise mean for the Learning Analytics community? Does it make sense to deliver Learning Analytics “in the Cloud”? If so, what are the implications and what might it look like?

Exploring Learning Analytics as Indicators of Study Behaviour by Rob Phillips

By Dic Liew 6 May 2014 News Comments off

In this presentation, I will describe the use of learning analytics to provide indicators of students’ behaviour in technology-enhanced learning environments. The presentation will begin with a description of the use of learning analytics in a mixed methods approach to investigate in depth how students, with different characteristics, engage with and learn from technology-enhanced learning environments. I will then demonstrate a learning-analytic tool which reports student use of the Lectopia lecture capture system across the weeks of a semester, both collectively and individually. Observation of the data provided by the system enabled us to develop a set of proto-theoretical categories of behaviour, with associated algorithms to numerically identify these categories. The presentation will conclude with a brief description of the results of a pilot study into the use of the methodology.

Rob Phillips has worked in higher education learning and teaching since 1992, working with staff from most discipline areas. His expertise includes educational design, e-learning, distance education, educational policy development and academic staff development. He has provided professional development and mentoring for academic staff in the scholarship of learning and teaching, and has chaired university committees on Awards and Citations, Learning and Teaching Spaces and Open Education.

His research interests include evaluation research in e-learning; learning analytics; making creative and innovative use of technology; university policy issues; and project management in educational innovations. Rob has 130 publications, including 60 refereed papers. He has been principal author of two internationally published books “Developer’s guide to interactive multimedia” and “Evaluating e-learning: Guiding research and practice”.

Currently, he is working as an academic consultant and online tutor. Most recently, he worked with the School of Education at Curtin University on a redesign of the common first year units for large, online cohorts.

He was a member of the management committee of the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology until 2012, and is a member of the Editorial Board of Research in Learning Technology. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Learning Analytics.

He is a life member and past-president (1996-2000) of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ascilite), and a Fellow of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia. Rob received a Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council in 2007. He was an executive member of the Australasian Council on Open, Distance and E-learning (ACODE) from 2004-2006 and in 2012.

Second Wednesday Event: Data and Learning Analytics

By Dic Liew 6 May 2014 News Comments off

Please join us at the Second Wednesday Event on Data and Learning Analytics .

The event in May will consider how data analytics is transforming our society with examples from industry and education. The event will look at current learning analytics projects at Curtin and elsewhere and consider how emerging tools will be used in the future to support students’ experiences and thereby enhance retention, as well as looking at data analytics as a whole considering the role of cloud services to support large data research and educational programmes.

The event will be chaired by Prof Sara de Freitas and will host speakers including confirmed speakers: Coert Du Plessis (Deloitte: Data Analytics) will present on the Curtin Learning Analytics project, Sean Kellett (Telstra) will consider cloud services for large data stores,  Professor Geoff West (Professor of Spatial Information, Curtin University) will talk about pattern recognition applied to large multimodal data sets concerning mobile data sets.

The event will be useful for staff and students interested in deepening their understanding of what learning analytics are, how they can be used to support teaching and learning and the learner’s experience and a consideration of what tools exist currently for informing student support.

Please join us for refreshments afterwards to continue our networking opportunity at the Curtin Teaching and Learning office, Level 1, Building 105 afterwards.

Date: Wednesday, 14th May 2014

Time: 1.30pm to 4.30pm (4.30pm: drinks and networking at Curtin Teaching Learning offices)

Venue: 204.234

Register: Andrea Johnson (andrea.johnson@curtin.edu.au)

Second Wednesday Events Season 2014: How is Society Being Transformed in the Digital Age

The Second Wednesday Events are open seminars designed to bring together academics, central service and external staff and students to debate central teaching and learning themes and trends. The events are held each month during term time.
The 2014 season takes the overall theme of how society is being transformed in the digital age. The season will explore how new digital technologies and approaches are transforming teaching and learning practices substantially providing both opportunities and challenges that need to be addressed in universities and industry to ensure that learners have the right skills and understanding to support ongoing development of our global economics.

VIDEOS: Second Wednesday Events Season 2014: How is Society Being Transformed in the Digital Age?

By Dic Liew 1 May 2014 News Comments off

Professor Sara de Freitas, Associate DVC Teaching & Learning, Curtin University

Jeremy LeBard, CEO and Co-Founder ReadCloud

Jenni Harrison, iVEC Head of Data

Justin Davies, Managing Director of Emergination & Paul Turbett, Sentient Technical Manager

David Gibson, Director Learning Engagement, Curtin University

Peter Williams, Chief Edge Officer, Centre for the Edge Australia

Second Wednesday Events Season 2014: How is Society Being Transformed in the Digital Age?

By Dic Liew 30 April 2014 News Comments off

The Second Wednesday Events are open seminars designed to bring together academics, central service and external staff and students to debate central teaching and learning themes and trends. The events are held each month during term time.

The 2014 season takes the overall theme of how society is being transformed in the digital age. The season will explore how new digital technologies and approaches are transforming teaching and learning practices substantially providing both opportunities and challenges that need to be addressed in universities and industry to ensure that learners have the right skills and understanding to support ongoing development of our global economies.

Launch Event in March

The first event held as part of the Festival of Learning considered the role of immersive technologies, games and simulations in education and attracted over 70 participants. The event brought speakers from industry and academia including from Melbourne: Pete Williams from the Centre for the Edge and Jeremy LeBard from ReadCloud and others.

The next events will cover: how learning and data analytics can support more engaging experiences and help with student retention, how can learning design be used to immerse the learner, how can we support industry and academic collaboration to upskill students and provide the right skills for employers, how can assessment and feedback be redesigned to enhance the learner’s experience and how can cross-disciplinary teaching and learning be better supported.

May’s Event

The event in May will consider: How will Learning Analytics Transform the Learner’s Experience? The event will look at current learning analytics projects at Curtin and elsewhere and consider how emerging tools will be used in the future to support students’ experiences and thereby enhance retention.

The event will be chaired by Prof Sara de Freitas and will host speakers from industry (TBA).

The event will be useful for staff and students interested in deepening their understanding of what learning analytics are, how they can be used to support teaching and learning and the learner’s experience and a consideration of what tools exist currently for informing student support.

Background to the series

The Second Wednesday event series has been held for the last five years in the UK at Coventry University where it was chaired by Prof Sara de Freitas. The event season has been brought to Perth to nurture high quality collaborations between industry and academia, to disseminate key research and practices in Perth to the wider Curtin community and to support opportunities for new research and research collaborations with a special focus upon teaching and learning.