Posts by: sknight

The evolution of an article

The evolution of an article

How do writers produce their works? How does this vary by profession – journalist, academic, poet, etc. – and how do we induct students into that? A concern I’ve had for some time is that we (academics) don’t do enough…

Tools for analysing learning texts

Tools for analysing learning texts

I’ve been thinking for some time about how I could use various tools that analyse text and social media data to do interesting things with our learning data.  Of course, R has a set of Natural language processing tools https://cran.r-project.org/web/views/NaturalLanguageProcessing.html…

New Output: Socialising Epistemic Cognition

New Output: Socialising Epistemic Cognition

Exciting news, Karen Littleton and I have just had our paper ‘Socialising Epistemic Cognition’ accepted for publication in Educational Research Review, (5 year impact factor > 5).  People who know me will know I’m not particularly effusive about lots of…

Using ifttt and diigo bookmarks to feed facebook

Using ifttt and diigo bookmarks to feed facebook

In the undergraduate subject I’m coordinating this semester (Arguments, Evidence, and Intuition – a quantitative literacy undergrad module) we’re really interested in getting students dealing with numbers in real world contexts. How do you critique a newspaper article, see behind…

2016 in review

2016 in review

It’s the end of 2016, and I’ve been in post for ~14 months now. Mostly for my own memory, I thought I’d collate the key achievements (by the metrics – linking to fuller blogs where I have them) of the…

Some resources for writing support at UTS

Some resources for writing support at UTS

The library’s ‘Heads Up‘ resources (“giving you a head start at uni”) include resources on academic writing, referencing, evaluating information, and ‘starting your assignment’ UTS HELPS (Higher Education Language and Presentation Support) has some great self-help resources to support student…

Testimonial Knowledge: Transmissive; Generative; Coconstructive?

Testimonial Knowledge: Transmissive; Generative; Coconstructive?

Some draft thoughts I wrote an age ago – keen to explore this testimony stuff again at some point Testimonial knowledge implies a particular take on knowledge in which a proposition (x) may be passed from a speaker S to…

Visual minuting [stub]

Visual minuting [stub]

Something I’ve really enjoyed at a couple of conferences I’ve been to is having visual minutes – visual depictions of sessions and discussions (notably at WikiCon and the Society of the Query Conference, I also know someone [far cooler than…

Shared data for individual assessments

Shared data for individual assessments

How do you distribute a shared dataset, in such a way that quiz-answers based on the data can’t just be copied? One of the subjects I’m involved in: Has a reasonably large, and growing enrolment (>50, which will grow to…

Visit to ASU

Visit to ASU

I’ve just returned from a week at Arizona State University, in the SOLET (Science of Learning and Educational Technology) lab, funded by a small NSF Data Consortium Fellowship with Laura Allen. Incredibly productive week with some really great researchers –…

Search based games and puzzles

Search based games and puzzles

As I’m interested in search engines, and how people’s information seeking casts a lens on their understanding and evaluation of the problem, I’ve been interested in games based around search engines. These games sometimes (more or less deliberately) help people…

Ethics and Privacy in Learning Analytics

Ethics and Privacy in Learning Analytics

I’ve recently joined the UTS Data Governance sub-committee, which alongside our ongoing work across stakeholder levels (from individual students and staff to institutional) has got me thinking a bit more about these issues. As Elouazizi notes a key challenge in…