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Monday, January 19th, 2015

Monash Snapchat-style teacher-to-student feedback gets thumbs up

Using video recordings and maybe even temporary social media apps like Snapchat to give students video feedback on assignments could be more meaningful for learning than the age-old practice of teachers scribbling comments with a red pen, according to new research.

Students valued video feedback over written comments said Monash University information communication technologies experts Dr Michael Henderson and Dr Michael Phillips from the Monash Faculty of Education. The research evolved from using short five-minute videos with 126 of their own undergraduate and postgraduate students in three separate trials.

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Monash Snapchat-style teacher-to-student feedback gets thumbs up

Dr Henderson said that using intuition based on the classroom experience, the researchers wanted to take a closer look at a disconnect in the literature on student feedback.

“Almost everyone agrees student feedback is inseparable from the learning process—and some even say high quality feedback is the most powerful single influence on student achievement—yet the same literature points out that many students do not value the feedback comments but simply skip to the grade,” Dr Henderson said.

Dr Phillips said some students didn’t even bother to collect their work once it had been assessed, preferring to receive their grades by notification.

“Even if students read the feedback, some researchers have argued that they do little with it, resulting in lecturers complaining that the many hours spent in providing feedback feels like wasted effort,” Dr Phillips said.

“Basically, we wanted to find a something better than the established comments-in-the-margin with a red biro scenario.”

The research provided a “striking outcome” with a clear indication that students not only found the webcam-created videos easier to understand, but they also felt a closer connection with their teachers (from 25 per cent in the first trial to 91.7 per cent in the third).

“In our courses, video feedback was provided for the final assignment usually worth fifty to sixte per cent of the semester’s grade,” the Monash University researchers said.

“The students had already received detailed written feedback on their first assignment. The videos were generally recorded immediately after the assignment was read and while notes were made on the assignment as prompts no ‘script’ was written. The proximity of the recording to when the assignment was read, meant the comments were specific, the advice relevant and the language had a sense of immediacy.

“This also meant that our time was not wasted making copious notes to recall the specific details of individual assignments. We rarely re-recorded and never edited videos as this would make the process too time consuming and ultimately unsustainable for larger or multiple classes. The recorded videos along with the grades were then uploaded to the grade book in the online student learning platform.”

The researchers said more research was needed in this area as the use of video for assessment feedback had received little consideration in the research literature to date.

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Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Monash IT professor honoured with the Outstanding Service Award

A Monash University researcher has been awarded the Outstanding Service Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 2013 International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM).

Professor Geoff Webb, from the Monash Faculty of Information Technology, will be formally presented with the IEEE ICDM Outstanding Service Award at the ICDM in Dallas, Texas in December.

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The IEEE ICDM Outstanding Service Award is presented to an individual or group who has made major service contributions that have promoted data mining as a field at the ICDM; the world’s premier research conference in data mining.

Professor Webb has a long history of promoting the ICDM and the data mining field and has been actively involved in the ICDM since its inception. The award is a significant honour and recognizes Professor Webb’s contributions to the field as well as to the ICDM conference series.

Professor Webb said it was very humbling to be honoured in this way.

“It’s an honour to be recognized by the IEEE and the ICDM. I am passionate about what I do, and I hope that my work can inspire others in the field of data mining,” the Monash University IT professor said.

“For me this has been a lifelong commitment and passion and I hope I can continue to make valuable contributions to the field.”

Professor Webb has been an academic at Monash University since 2002. He is currently the director of the Monash Centre for Research in Intelligent Systems and founder and managing director of data mining software development and consultancy company G.I. Webb & Associates.

Over the course of his career, Professor Webb has published more than 175 scientific papers and is the author of the commercial data mining software package Magnum Opus; a system that embodies many of his research contributions in the area of data mining.

He has been the chief investigator on national competitive grants totalling more than $4.4 million, including $1.75 million as lead investigator, and his algorithms are widely used in industry and research.

Professor Webb’s service to the broader data mining community is extensive, and he holds various positions in the field including Editor-in-Chief of Data mining and Knowledge Discovery and Editorial Advisory Board member of Statistical Analysis and Data Mining.

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Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Faculty of Science and Information Technology at the University of Newcastle

The Lonely Planet lists the city of Newcastle, Australia as being one of the top 10 best cities in the world. Set on a breathtaking stretch of Australia’s Pacific Ocean coastline, Newcastle is the only city in Australia where the central business district is positioned simultaneously on the beach and the harbour waterfront.

The Faculty of Science and Information Technology at the University of Newcastle provides study and research programs in fast-moving fields that make our world tick. Blending sciences, mathematics, IT, communication, and design, the faculty offers degree programs at a number of campuses. Wherever appropriate, these programs carry professional accreditation.

The Faculty of Science and Information Technology‘s main fields of study include

Award-winning staff with a professional outlook

The University of Newcastle has a commitment to the training and professional development of their staff. New academic staff are required to undertake professional training in tertiary teaching, and teaching performance and innovation is an aspect considered in promotion applications. Several of University of Newcastle teaching staff have won prestigious teaching awards, and non-teaching staff have won excellence awards for their role in the provision of outstanding student support services.

Global opportunities in research

Most academic staff at the University of Newcastle are active researchers, and many are leaders in their particular fields. Staff are encouraged to use results of their research to inform their teaching. In addition, students have the chance to learn alongside some of the world’s leading researchers. For example, many degree programs provide the opportunity for research project placements, in which students can study and work in research groups alongside researchers and on current important problems.

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Friday, March 15th, 2013

A touch of genius at Monash University

Three researchers from Monash University have received an honourable mention in the 2012 Touch of Genius Awards, organized by the National Braille Press (NBP) in the United States, the university reported today.

The $5,000 honourable mention was awarded to Dr. Cagatay Goncu, Professor Kim Marriott and Adjunct Associate Professor John Hurst from the Monash University Faculty of Information Technology for their submission of the Graphics Viewer using Vibration, Interactive Touch, Audio and Speech (GraVVITAS). The NBP promotes the literacy of blind children through braille and to provide access to information that empowers blind people to engage in work, family and community affairs.

GraVVITAS is a multi-modal presentation device that uses touch screen and haptic feedback technologies to give blind people access to graphics, Monash stated. A data glove equipped with vibrating motors provides haptic feedback when the finger is over a graphic element on the tablet computer. GraVVITAS also provides speech and 3D non-speech audio feedback to help the user with navigation, according to Monash.

The team from the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash began the project in 2008 as part of Goncu’s PhD studies, collaborating with domain experts from Vision Australia and conducting usability studies with blind participants, the university said.

Goncu, a research fellow at Monash University, focuses on universal accessibility, multi-modal human computer interaction, tactile graphics, and information visualization, Monash said. “It is a great motivation for us to see that our research is recognized by the domain experts, and considered as a promising technology that can change the life of people who are blind,” Goncu told the university.

Marriott leads the Monash Adaptive Visualization Lab (MArVL) and inspired this project after realizing how important accessible graphics were in education for a blind second-year university student, Monash noted. Hurst is passionate about helping students in their learning processes and researching technology-supported learning.

“It is very pleasing when one of your postgrads wins such an award,” Hurst told the university. “Supervising good students is always a pleasure. Chatai was an excellent student, and the congratulations should all really go to him. But it is nice to bask in the reflected glory.”


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