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LARG.jpg The Sydney Learning Analytics Research Group is excited to offer two conference travel grants of $3,500 each - the first to attend the 2016 Educational Data Mining (EDM) Conference, and the second to attend the 2017 Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK) Conference. The call for applications for the 2016 EDM Conference is now open, with the 2017 LAK Conference call to be announced at a later date.

Applicants must have a submission (of any type) accepted for presentation at EDM 2016, and be either a current staff member or current student of the University of Sydney. The call for submissions for EDM is now open - there are several deadlines, the last of which is 2 April 2016. For more information see the Sydney Learning Analytics Research Group (LARG) website.

LARG is a joint venture of the newly established Quality and Analytics Group within the Education Portfolio, and the new Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation at to the Faculty of Education and Social Work. The key purposes in establishing the new research group are: Capacity building in learning analytics for the benefit of the institution, its students and staff; to generate interest and expertise in learning analytics at the University, and build a new network of research colleagues; and to build a profile for the University of Sydney as a national and international leader in learning analytics.

Several of our researchers have submitted papers to this year's international Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, CSCL. The conference will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden, from June 7th to 11th, 2015.

STL submissions include:


  • Poster: How Collaborative Successes and Failures Become Productive: An Exploration of Emerging Understanding and Misunderstanding Turning Points in Model-based Learning with Productive Failure. Authors: Alisha Portolese, Lina Markauskaite, Polly Lai, Michael Jacobson

  • Poster: Measuring group progress through a complex computer-supported design task: Identifying the effects of scaffolds on the processes of learning. Author: Kate Thompson

  • Paper: Learning about Collaborative Design for Learning in a Multi-Surface Design Studio. Authors: Roberto Martinez-Maldonado, Peter Goodyear, Yannis Dimitriadis (University of Valladolid), Kate Thompson, Lucila Carvalho, Luis Pablo Prieto (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne), Martin Parisio

  • Paper: Socio-material Representation of Group Knowledge Creation. Author: Natalie Spence

  • Symposium: A multimodal approach to the analysis of complex collaborative learning environments: Using complementary methods of analysis to synthesise new trends in scaffolding research.
    Kate Thompson, Lucila Carvalho, Maryam Khosronejad, Peter Reimann, Dewa Wardak, Peter Goodyear, Roberto Martinez-Maldonado, The University of Sydney; Anindito Aditomo, University of Sydney and The University of Surabaya, Indonesia; Michael A. Evans, Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Counselor Education, North Carolina State University; Yannis Dimitriadis, Universidad de Valladolid; and Gregory Dyke, ICAR, University of Lyon/CNRS, France.

  • Symposium: Researching and Designing for the Orchestration of Learning in the CSCL Classroom.
    Emma Mercier (chair), University of Illinois; Cresencia Fong, University of Toronto; Karin Forssell, Stanford University; Maya Israel, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Andrew Joyce-Gibbons, Durham University; Roberto Martinez-Maldonado, University of Sydney; Saadeddine Shehab, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign; Nikol Rummel (discussant), Ruhr-Universitat Bochum; James D. Slotta, University of Toronto.

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Several of our researchers have submitted papers to this year's international Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, CSCL. The conference will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden, from June 7th to 11th, 2015.

STL submissions include:


  • Paper: Inclusive Design for CSCL: The Case of Adult Literacy Learners. Author: Ana Pinto

  • Paper: How Collaborative Successes and Failures Become Productive: An Exploration of Emerging Understanding and Misunderstanding Turning Points in Model-based Learning with Productive Failure. Authors: Alisha Portolese, Lina Markauskaite, Polly Lai, Michael Jacobson

  • Paper: Socio-material Representation of Group Knowledge Creation. Author: Natalie Spence

  • Paper: Measuring group progress through a complex computer-supported design task: Identifying the effects of scaffolds on the processes of learning. Author: Kate Thompson

  • Symposium: A multimodal approach to the analysis of complex collaborative learning environments: Using complementary methods of analysis to synthesise new trends in scaffolding research

The above syposium is organised by Kate Thompson and Lucila Carvalho.

Synthesis research is a method utilized in the field of ecology, and involves bringing together experts in different areas to address a research question that cannot be entirely answered by a single perspective. This symposium explores the application of this model to the learning sciences, specifically to scaffolding of computer supported collaborative learning. The symposium brings together expert researchers (working on different, related perspectives of scaffolding) to discuss their analysis of processes of learning in relation to discursive psychology and gesture analysis; conversation analysis; and multimodal interaction analysis. Each presenter will analyze and discuss the same corpus of data. These streams of data analysis are then brought together in the fourth presentation, with a discussion of visualizing and synthesizing the findings, piecing together an elaborated understanding of scaffolding. The final presentation includes the whole panel and addresses some of the challenges of conducting research this way in the learning sciences.

Participants include:
  • Kate Thompson, Lucila Carvalho, The University of Sydney, CoCo Research Centre, The University of Sydney, Australia kate.thompson@sydney.edu.au, lucila.carvalho@sydney.edu.au

  • Michael A. Evans, Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Counselor Education, North Carolina State University, michael.a.evans@ncsu.edu

  • Maryam Khosronejad, Peter Reimann, CoCo Research Centre, The University of Sydney, Australia mkho4965@uni.sydney.edu.au, peter.reimann@sydney.edu.au & Anindito Aditomo, CoCo Research Centre, The University of Sydney, Australia, and The University of Surabaya, Indonesia. aadi4954@uni.sydney.edu.au

  • Dewa Wardak, Peter Goodyear, CoCo Research Centre, The University of Sydney, Australia dwar9402@uni.sydney.edu.au, peter.goodear@sydney.edu.au

  • Yannis Dimitriadis, Universidad de Valladolid, Valladolid, Spain, yannis@tel.uva.es, Roberto Martinez-Maldonado, CoCo Research Centre, The University of Sydney, Australia roberto@it.usyd.edu.au, & Gregory Dyke, ICAR, University of Lyon/CNRS, France, gregdyke@gmail.com


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ACSME_banner.jpgRegistrations have opened for the twentieth Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education (ACSME) in Sydney from September 29 to October 1st. This year's theme is Student Engagement: From the classroom to the workplace.

The facilitation of student engagement and motivation in their learning and self development requires a carefully crafted curriculum: one that allows student ownership and active participation in their journey through formal education and beyond. How can educators design and implement classroom activities (physical, online or blended) and assessments to facilitate and reward student engagement and encourage ownership of learning and graduate attributes? From school outreach and transition to the hybrid classroom and the workplace, ACSME will build on the shared experience and expertise of the conference participants to guide and mentor attendees towards the development of strategies to ensure success, enduring understanding and a love of science and mathematics in our students.

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Congratulations to all the STL members who will be presenting the results of their research at this year's Networked Learning Conference:


  • Carvalho, L. & Goodyear, P. (2014). Analysing the structuring of knowledge in learning networks. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Networked Learning 2014, Edited by: Bayne S, Jones C, de Laat M, Ryberg T & Sinclair C.
  • Goodyear, P., Carvalho, L. & Dohn, N. (2014). Design for networked learning: framing relations between participants' activities and the physical setting. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Networked Learning 2014, Edited by: Bayne S, Jones C, de Laat M, Ryberg T &
    Sinclair C.
  • Pinto, A. (2014). Design and functioning of a productive learning network. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Networked Learning 2014, Edited by: Bayne S, Jones C, de Laat M, Ryberg T & Sinclair C.
  • Yeoman, P & Carvalho, L. (2014). Material entanglement in a primary school learning network. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Networked Learning 2014, Edited by: Bayne S, Jones C, de Laat M, Ryberg T & Sinclair C.

ACER ran a very interesting conference linking neuroscience with education (Melbourne, 5-6 August). An abstract of my talk appears below. I'm happy to share the slides. Abstracts etc for other presentations can be found here

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The fifteenth Australasian User Interface Conference (AUIC2014), to be held from 20 – 23 January 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand, has issued a Call For Papers.

AUIC 2014 is the forum for user interface researchers and practitioners at the Australasian Computer Science Week (ACSW 2014), the largest annual gathering of computing educators and researchers in Australasia. AUIC provides an opportunity for people with an interest in HCI, HRI, Visual Interfaces, CSCW, and pervasive computing to meet with colleagues and with others in the broader computer science community.

AUIC welcomes original papers, participation and submissions from researchers and practitioners with an interest in techniques, tools, and technology for improving user interfaces over a wide range of areas, including: HCI education; user interface architectures, tools, techniques, and technologies, and their use in complex system; CSCW, group work, groupware, and computer-mediated human communication; and other areas. For more information, see their website.


The Ninth International Conference on Networked Learning in Higher Education, Lifelong Learning and Professional Development will be hosted by the University of Edinburgh, at the John McIntyre Conference Centre in Edinburgh, on the 7th. 8th & 9th April 2014.

Keynote Speakers: Professor Neil Selwyn & Professor Steve Fuller

This conference is considered a major event in the international 'technology enhanced learning' conference circuit, and provides a friendly, collegiate context for meeting researchers and practitioners in networked learning.

All submissions are peer reviewed, and accepted papers published in conference proceedings

Further details on submission at:
http://www.networkedlearningconference.org.uk/call/themes.htm
(Full papers must be submitted for peer review by Friday 4th October, 2013)

PRE-CONFERENCE ONLINE HOT SEATs will run from September 2013 to March 2014: Details of Hot Seat hosts can be found at: http://networkedlearningconference.ning.com/

Full Conference Details can be found at: http://www.networkedlearningconference.org.uk/

images.jpg A Call for Participation has been opened for the CSCL 2013 invited pre-conference workshop, How will Collaborative Problem Solving be assessed at international scale, organised by Chee-Kit Looi of the National Institute of Education, Singapore, and Pierre Dillenbourg of École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland. This workshop seeks to create awareness in the CSCL community of the international efforts to assess Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS).

The workshop will be held on Sunday June 16th from 9:00am to 12:30pm. More details can be found in the Call for Participation pdf, or on CSCL generally on their website.

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The inaugural Digital Rural Futures Conference, addressing the themes of building networks and raising awareness of challenges and opportunities across a broad range of fronts, has opened for registration and submission of abstracts.

A national broadband communications network offers enormous opportunities for Australia’s agricultural sector. In turn, connected farms, and their supporting industries will play a significant role in Australia’s digital economic future.

The conference will take place on 26 - 28 June 2013 at UNE Campus, Armidale NSW. It encourages the submission of abstracts designed to introduce research, groups or institutions, businesses or activities to other conference delegates. Abstracts addressing aspects of the conference themes of data and information management, smart technology, and smart services and decision support systems are due by the 28th of March.

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images.jpgFrom Data Sharing to Data Mining at CSCL2013 is a NSF-funded project to create cyberinfrastructure and user community for design-based research (DBR) in the Learning Sciences.

The goal of this project is to bring together members of The Learning Science community, including design-based researchers and system developers with members of the computer science community, who are developing sophisticated data mining and analytic algorithms, to work collectively to design, develop, and beta-test a cyberinfrastructure.

A CSCL workshop has been announced that is part of a broader call for participation in this project. Information about the workshop, “From Data Sharing to Data Mining: A Collaborative Project to Create Cyber-Infrastructure to Support and Improve Design Based Research in the Learning Sciences,” [pdf] is available at the CSCL conference website. All interested researchers to apply for participation in the workshop. However, even if you are unable to attend the workshop, please let the organisers know if you have an interest in participating in the project and would like to receive communications about future meetings.

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images.jpgSeveral of our researchers will present papers at this year's international Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, CSCL. The conference will take place from June 15-19, 2013, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.

Papers accepted include:


  • Schwendimann, B. Collaboratively generating and critiquing technology enhanced concept maps to improve evolution education.

  • Thompson, K., Ashe, D., Yeoman, P., & Parisio, M. Phases of design: Following idea development and patterns of collborative discussion in a learning by design project.

  • Thompson, K., Ashe, D., Wardak, D., Yeoman, P., & Parisio, M. Identification of patterns of tool use and sketching practices in a learning by design project.

  • Thompson, K., Kennedy-Clark, S., Kelly, N. & Wheeler, P. Using automated and fine-grained analysis of pronoun use as indicators of progress in an online collaborative project.

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Melinda Lewis sml.jpgThe short paper co-authored by CoCo PhD Candidate Melinda Lewis with Jason Lodge from Griffith received the best concise paper award at this year’s ascilite conference in Wellington. Well done!

Title: Pigeon pecks and mouse clicks: Putting the learning back into learning.
Authors: Jason Lodge (Griffith University) and Melinda Lewis (University of Sydney).

Manju Sharmaimages.jpgI am delighted to share the news that A/Prof Manju Sharma has been awarded the Australian Institute of Physics Education Medal for 2012.

This award marks recognition of the sustained and important contributions that A/Prof Manjula Sharma has made both to physics education and to research in physics education. She has produced an outstanding output of creative and important research, presented at leading forums for physics.

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Professor Judy Kay, of the STL management team, is an invited speaker at this week's Happiness, Health and Wellbeing @ Work 2012 conference. Judy will present on innovative uses of IT to help people be healthier at work.

The conference takes place on Wednesday 31st October in the University of Sydney Law School Building. It is facilitated by some of Australia's leading experts on psychology, leadership and workplace relations and aims to present the latest research on health and wellbeing programs as well as provideing take home ideas and strategies to improve the workplace. This year's theme is Health and Wellbeing at Work: Making a Difference.

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Next month Shaista Bibi (from the Centre for Research on Computer Supported Learning and Cognition) will be presenting a concise paper “Planning to teach with ICT: Some insights into university teachers’ knowledge”, at the ascilite conference. The conference runs from 25th to 28th November in Wellington, New Zealand.

The paper, by Bibi, S., Markauskaite, L., & Ashe, D. , explores the nature and types of knowledge that university teachers draw upon when they are making decisions related to the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in their courses.


This will be the 29th annual ascilite conference; ascilite represents a community of innovators, leaders and scholars engaged with the application of technology to enhance teaching and learning in higher education. ascilite aims to be a sustainable and vibrant society that encourages and supports quality research into, and exemplary use of technologies for, teaching and learning in tertiary education throughout Australasia. This year’s theme is “Future Challenges | Sustainable Futures”.

The Centre for Learning Sciences and Technologies at the Open University of the Netherlands (CELSTEC) together with the Humanities Lab (Sweden) are hosting this year’s EARLI Advanced Study Colloquium (ASC) on "Using eye tracking to design and evaluate education & training methods". They have lined up interesting paired presentations on the methodological aspects of eye tracking and topics in educational psychology (expertise development, mental effort, instructional design). These presentations will take place on Tuesday, 4 September (9:00 – 14:30) and Wednesday, 5 September (9:00 – 12:00) Central European Time.

All interested people are welcome to join the sessions virtually as they will be streamed in real-time. Go to CELSTEC-ASC2012 (here you can also watch the presentations later on)

During the live session you may also post any questions that you may have to the presenters via twitter using the following hashtags: #CELSTEC #ASC2012

Prof. dr. Paul A. Kirschner | Program Chair

ICLS2012_logo.gifThe 2012 ICLS conference, Sydney was a great success - several blog entries discuss personal experiences (here, here, here, here, and here). There are numerous photos to explore, and the keynote addresses are now available.

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