At the nexus of learning and innovation
Sep
19
September 19, 5:00 pm
Where

Location: New Law School Annex Seminar Room 444, The University of Sydney

Cost: Free

RSVP: Not required

What will learning be like tomorrow? What are the frontiers of learning innovation that will drive this? How do developments in different disciplinary domains contribute to those frontiers? What kinds of research and development agendas should be pursued by researchers and innovators who work on those frontiers?

This seminar is a part of the Sydney Research Seminar series “Reimagining the future of learning innovation” and will focus on how developments in Computer Sciences and Human-Computer Interaction will shape the frontiers of learning in higher education and beyond. It will be co-presented by Professor Judy Kay and Dr Marcus Carter. The presentations will be followed by Q&A discussion with students and general audience.  Everyone is welcome to attend!

Where

Location: New Law School Annex Seminar Room 444, The University of Sydney

Cost: Free

RSVP: Not required

Learner-centred learning analytics - empowering learners to harness their own learning data                                                        

This talk presents Professor Judy Kay's past work and vision for the systematic design and creation of interfaces to support learners and teachers in scrutinising learning data. She will explain the rationale for scrutability– where systems are designed, from their very foundations, so that people can scrutinise them to make sense of their own data and to control how their data is captured and used.

The talk will also present examples of interfaces designed to make learning data available and how we need to scaffold learners as they work to make sense of their learning data, to self-monitor, reflect and plan. These have harnessed personal data from diverse sources, ranging from dedicated learning applications to broader applications that are used for learning. Examples of their applicability range across areas of life-long and life-wide learning from personal learning goals to broader workplace collaboration. I will use these to illustrate the possibilities and challenges for a new level of learner-centred learning analytics.

Judy Kay is Professor of Computer Science. She leads the Human Centred Technology Research Cluster, in the Faculty of Engineering and IT at the University of Sydney. A core focus of her research has been to create infrastructures and interfaces for personalisation, especially to support people in lifelong, life-wide learning. This ranges from formal education settings to supporting people in using their long-term ubicomp data to support self-monitoring, reflection and planning. Central to this has been in the design of the Personis user modelling systems and interfaces that enable people to control their own long-term personal information from diverse sensors on devices be they worn, carried, embedded in the environment or conventional desktops.  She has integrated this into new forms of interaction including virtual reality, surface computing, wearables and ambient displays. Her research has been commercialised and deployed and she has extensive publications in leading venues for research in user modelling, AIED, human computer interaction and ubicomp.  She has had leadership roles in top conferences in these areas and is Editor-in-Chief of the IJAIED, International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education (IJAIED) and Editor of IMWUT, Interactive Mobile Wearable and Ubiquitous Technology (IMWUT).

 

Mixed Reality in Conservation Education

Contemporary zoos are conservation organisations. They seek to connect visitors to animals and utilize this connection to motivate pro-environment behavioural change. This talk presents my current research-through-design (RtD) project exploring how virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) can be used for conservation education in zoos. Involving iterative workshops and prototyping, research-through-design follows participatory design principles to embed the knowledge of domain experts in the design of new learning technologies, while also recognising that the process of design itself generates new knowledge and insight into design problems. My talk will focus on the results from our evaluations of Penguin VR, a 5-minute behind-the-scenes experience filmed in stereoscopic VR, and how our studies in the zoo have informed the design of the new FASS Mixed Reality Learning Hub, a 20-seat computer lab equipped with the latest in VR technologies to be complete by Sem 1 2020.

Marcus Carter is a Lecturer in Digital Cultures at The University of Sydney. His research background is in Human-Computer Interaction and Game Studies. He is currently the Degree Director for the Master of Digital Communication and Culture, and a co-director of the Socio-Tech Futures Lab, one of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences flagship research themes attempting to address the social, ethical and inclusive challenges with emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics and virtual and augmented reality. For a full list of publications, see: https://sydney.edu.au/arts/media_communications/staff/profiles/marcus.carter.php