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October 2014

Here is the timetable for roundtables at the Research Fest. Please note each roundtable, unless otherwise stated, has a max of 35 people including chairs due to room regulations. Sign up will be available online from Monday or in person on the day and it's first in gets the spot!

Title Chairs Timeslot
Personalised Education: Where to Start and in Which Direction Abelardo Pardo, Kalina Yacef, Tim Shaw, Kathryn Bartimote-Aufflick 12.30-1.15
Optimising online lectures Jo Lander, Karen Scott 12.30-1.15
MOOCs at the University of Sydney Bob Kummerfeld, Judy Kay 1.45-2.30
Education as a complex system: Implications for educational research and policy Michael Jacobson 1.45-2.30
Beyond the Flipped Classroom: Theory, Research, and Rubber Hits the Road Phil Poronnik, Michael Jacobson 12.30-1.15
Educational data mining and learning analytics: Opportunities and pitfalls Lina Markauskaite, Abelardo Pardo, Peter Reimann, Kalina Yacef 1.45-2.30
CampusFlora[at]sydney Rosanne Quinnell 12.30-1.15
From sage on the stage to guide on the side Manjula Sharma, Helen Georgiou, Matthew Hill 1.45-2.30
Just Ask Charlie: Using an app to support professional learning from student feedback Kate Thomson, Jen Scott Curwood, Martin Tomitsch, Graham Hendry, Andrea Lau, and Liam Moy 1.45-2.30
Visit to the Educational Design Research Studio (EDRS). Note: 20 spaces only. Peter Goodyear, Roberto Martinez-Maldonado & Martin Parisio 12.30-1.15

If you haven't registered yet, there is still time - get over to and sign up.

There's one week to go to our research fest and it's looking to be a great day. If you haven't registered yet, there is still time - get over to before the 31st and sign up.

SimonBuckinghamShum.jpgThe closing plenary on the day will be on Learning Analytics: Critical Issues and presented by Simon Buckingham Shum, Professor of Learning Informatics and director of the Connected Intelligence Centre at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Education is about to experience a data tsunami from online trace data (VLEs; MOOCs; Quantified Self) integrated with conventional educational datasets. This requires new kinds of analytics to make sense of this new resource, which in turn asks us to reflect deeply on what kinds of learning we value. We can choose to know more than ever about learners and teachers, but like any modelling technology or accounting system, analytics do not passively describe sociotechnical reality: they begin to shape it. What realities do we want analytics to perpetuate, or bring into being? Can we talk about analytics in the same breath as the deepest values that a wholistic educational experience should nurture? Could analytics become an ally for those who want to shift assessment regimes towards valuing the qualities that many now regard as critical to thriving in the ‘age of complexity’?

Here's the timetable of events.

Event Start End Venue
Badge pick-up and registration desk open 9.45 10.00 Common Room (401)
Opening plenary with DVC (Education) Prof Pip Pattison 10.00 10.40 351
Morning tea (catered) 10.40 11.00 Common Room (401)
Poster workshop sessions 1 and 2 11.00 12.25 323 & 325
Workshop session 1 12.30 1.15 Various level 4
Lunch (catered) 1.15 1.45 Common Room (401)
Workshop session 2 1.45 2.30 Various level 4
Closing plenary with Prof Simon Buckingham Shum 2.30 3.30 351

The International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS) have just announced the upload of videos related to their NAPLeS webinar video series. The first three videos with Iris Tabak and Brian Reiser talking about Scaffolding are now available online and can be accessed here:

At least 15 topics will be covered in the coming weeks. With each lecturer we recorded a 5-minutes “teaser” and a 15-minutes HD video. In addition, we offer interviews about the role of the respective topic for the broader field of the Learning Sciences. The videos are on the same topic as the various webinars but are more condensed and of high video and audio quality to support local courses or joint online courses. More material is currently being edited and will be uploaded over the coming months.

Our various postgraduate study opportunities, including research degrees at the Masters and PhD levels and our coursework Masters in the Learning Sciences and Technology (MLS&T), at the CoCo centre are members of the NAPLES network.

Join us on October 15 for seminar co-presented by Sid Newton and Russell Lowe titled “Hyperimmersive learning and teaching”.

This presentation considers one of the most critical emerging technologies of our time – the hyper-immersive virtual reality video game engine. We will demonstrate the Situation Engine – an application that allows specific and adaptive practical experience to be made available to students in a hyper-immersive digital rendition of a real-world context – and discuss the implications of this and broader digital technologies to teaching and learning professional competence.

We would like to invite you to our annual Research Fest, to be held this year on Thursday 6 November in the Education Building (A35) at the University of Sydney. Registration is now open at More information on the Fest can be found on the STL site.

rf_discuss.jpgThe Research Fest is our annual event inviting the community of researchers and practitioners in the sciences and technologies of learning to come together to exchange ideas, showcase work, form new collaborations, and catch up on recent innovations in learning and knowledge technology research.

Program details are being finalized and will, as always, depend on what our attendees are interested in demonstrating on the day so register as early as possible if you would like to showcase your work. We expect the day will go from approximately 9.45am to 4pm. The Fest will be opened by Professor Pip Pattison, DVC Education, University of Sydney, and will close with an invited lecture from Professor Simon Buckingham-Shum, Professor of Learning Informatics and Director of the Connected Intelligence Centre at UTS. It will also include poster presentations and parallel workshop, seminar and roundtable sessions, as well as opportunities to catch up over breaks and a catered lunch.

Registration to submit posters, presentations and roundtables is open until Oct 20th and attendance only registration is open until Oct 31st although earlier registration would be much appreciated! The Fest is a free event but registration is essential for capacity and catering needs.

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