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September 2016

Register now for the 24th Oct workshop. Can data help me better understand and support learners, a University of Sydney Innovation Week workshop.

Datd.jpgThe emerging learning environments offer unprecedented opportunities to collect data about learner interactions. Can this data help instructions innovate in their teaching? Can they increase their understanding and support of the learners? The area of Learning Analytics focuses on how data can be used to improve the overall student experience. Although data is being used in other areas such as business or marketing, the uptake in educational institutions is slower than expected.
In this hands-on workshop we will explore some common techniques to analyse data about student learning and explore the process to translate it into actionable knowledge. The activities in the workshop will be divided into the following modules:
1. Connecting data to questions. Which aspects of a learning experience are suitable to be explore with the help of data? What questions can be answered based on data?
2. Connecting with learning theory. How can theory guide the design of data-intensive learning experiences?
3. Data-supported actions. What actions can be derived from the combination of data and educational theories?
4. At the end of the workshop the attendees should be capable of explaining how data can be used to guide or support personalised student support actions.

Additional instructions: attendees are required to bring their own personal computer to be used during the session.
• Duration: 4 hours
• Date/Time/Location: Monday 24 October 2016, 1pm - 5pm/ Fisher Library F03 Meeting Room 249
• More information at

This is University of Sydney Innovation Week event, co-hosted by the Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation (CRLI) and the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.

Join us on October 12th for "Insights to action: a transformative approach to business analytics", a Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation (CRLI) seminar with Craig Napier.

To enable innovation, insights, experimentation and discovery, Universities must attempt to harness the value of data in driving more informative and effective decisions. The ease with which people interact and connect with people, devices, the internet and share content is increasing every day and these new sources of information are generating new possibilities for exploration, requiring new capabilities to be developed. Given the increasing volumes of data the problem is not that the data does not exist but shifts to how to make the data available, filter through the noise, reuse and scale initiatives and to generate insights that lead to action. This is a practical session that will focus on:

:: the challenges facing analytics initiatives
:: what we can do to deliver improved insights efficiently
:: how we can share knowledge and expertise and in partnership deliver shared business outcomes that lead to action.

Craig Napier has worked in data-intensive environments for more than 15 years, domestically and internationally, and is program director of Business Intelligence at the University of Sydney where he is developing and delivering enhanced capabilities and insights in business intelligence and analytics. Prior to this, Mr Napier was director of Business Intelligence at the University of Wollongong, systems manager at the University of Wollongong's $62 million SMART Infrastructure Facility (where he was integral in the establishment of the Information and Data Discoverability Centre) and a lecturer in business analytics. Mr Napier is a member of The Data Warehouse Institute (TDWI), coordinator of the Data Warehousing, Business Intelligence & Analytics special interest group of the Australasian Association for Institutional Research and a Fellow of CPA Australia.

Event details
• When: 11.30am to 1.00pm on 12 October 2016. This is a brown bag event, you are welcome to bring your lunch to eat.
• Where: Room 612 Education Building A35
• This seminar will not be available online or recorded.

The CRLI Wednesday seminars (formerly CoCo and STL) run on most Wednesdays in semester and host local and international experts who present research on learning and educational innovation in an informal setting.

The Concord Consortium (, a nonprofit research and development organization dedicated to transforming STEM education through technology, is looking for a Research Associate specializing in STEM education, design-based research, or classroom-based research in middle and high school classrooms.

The Research Associate will work closely with senior research personnel at the Concord Consortium to coordinate field testing of technologically enhanced, NGSS-aligned curriculum and assessment materials and contribute to research on novel middle and high school curriculum units that integrate modeling, sensor-based laboratories, performance assessments, and programmable software to help students achieve a deeper understanding of core ideas in biological, physical, and Earth sciences. The Research Associate will also be involved in data collection and analysis and support evaluation of teacher preparation and classroom enactments. They’re looking for a team player who is excited to work in a stimulating, technology-rich environment to help make a difference in education. See for more details.

Senior research assistant - Curriculum measurement and evaluation framework (closes 27 Sep)

HEO Level 7, casual, $59.96/hour
2-3 days per week, hours are flexible
Working under the supervision of Dr Kathryn Bartimote-Aufflick, Head Quality and Analytics in the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) Portfolio
Based within the Education Portfolio space on Level 2 of Fisher Library

The position is related to a project funded by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services), ‘Cultural Competence: A Measurement and Evaluation Framework’. The aim of the project is to develop a framework and preferred approach for tracking the success of efforts to embed cultural competence in the University’s curriculum. The two key pieces of work are to produce a framework document, and to collect baseline data for a range of proposed measures.

Cultural competence is one of several graduate qualities outlined in the new Sydney curriculum, details of which are available in the University’s 2016-2020 Strategic Plan: The framework for evaluating the embedding of cultural competence into curriculum will need to be adaptable to other graduate qualities. Closing date: Tuesday 27 September 2016.

Job criteria:
- Take a scholarly and evidence-based approach to evaluation, with knowledge of a range of approaches, frameworks, or forms of evaluation
- Work within a particular evaluation framework to collaboratively design or select measurement tools for curriculum evaluation
- Comfortable to access research literature from a range of relevant disciplines, and to use and present this information in a variety of ways
- Experience in collecting, analysing, and reporting both quantitative and qualitative data
- Analytical writing skills:
: Ability to write in an academic style
: Write clear and accurate evaluation reports for a variety of audiences
: Write short briefing papers for managers and committees, and provide recommendations
- Confident to consult with a range of stakeholders to aide effective evaluation design
- Experience liaising with both academic staff and professional staff, and a demonstrated level of tact and discretion in dealing with stakeholders at all levels of an organisation
- Ability to manage multiple tasks, priortise effectively, meet deadlines, and produce required outcomes
- Strong problem solving skills and the ability to use initiative and exercise sound judgement with attention to detail

Contact or 9351 4955.
To apply: Please send an email to Brooke Fuz addressing how your experience and skills align with the criteria and duties, and attach your CV and up to three examples of your written work.

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