L&T Tools Development and Integration

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Learning & Teaching Tools Development and Integration

Development of tools is essential to drive innovative educational pedagogies. We employ an agile, experimental approach to tool development. Tools are trialled in a small number of courses and systematically evaluated for their effectiveness in enhancing student learning outcomes before scaling up availability.

The Student Relationship Engagement System was piloted in a large first year marketing course in 2018. The tool aggregates student data and it is able to send personalised emails based on pre-set conditions, for example, inactivity over a certain time period, or level of participation in a course. The teacher sets the rules leading to highly customised messages for students.

Custom tools can be created based on the needs of educators and students. Examples of custom tool development:

Law Citation Parser (LCP)
Currently in development for a first year course in the Faculty of Law as part of the Digital Uplift Project, this tool provides support for students as they learn the correct way to cite legal resources. Students copy and paste citations into a text box. The tool then highlights sections of the citations that are incorrect and provides detailed feedback. Use of this tool can potentially be extended across all courses in the Faculty of Law.

Developed for a first year course in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences as part of the Digital Uplift Project, this is a support tool for pronunciation in Korean. This tool can potentially be adapted and its use extended across other foreign language courses.

Statistics/Math apps
Several dynamic apps have been developed to support learning of statistical concepts with interactive visualisation. These enable an active exploration of the concepts leading to a better understanding. 

We are experimenting with LTI integrations with different applications, including ones developed in-house, in seven different programming languages. We are working towards a single module that can be plugged in to any application or external tool.

Development of this tool has been funded by a Strategic Priority Commissioned Grant from the Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT).

Built in collaboration with the University of Sydney, the University of Technology, Sydney, the University of South Australia, the University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Edinburgh, OnTask is an LMS-agnostic software tool that aggregates data from various sources, for example, video engagement, student information systems and discussion forums, and allows educators to design personalised granular feedback, including suggestions for learning strategies.

The TMSuite is the collective name for a group of software tools known as TMProfiler, TMReporter and TMGrouper, designed for team optimisation.

The results of online questionnaires completed by students are used by the software to generate personalised reports on dimensions such as personality and cultural values. This data is then used by a decision-support tool to create diverse teams with approximately equal performance potential to work together on assignments during a course. Students are also encouraged to use data in the reports for reflection prior to and following assignments.

Tutoroo is a gamified mentoring and scaffolding tool about to be piloted in an undergraduate programming course in the School of Computer Sciences and Engineering. Students receive a score based on their ability to solve problems.

Once a certain level of achievement has been reached, students are placed in a mentoring pool and receive more marks for successfully mentoring their peers, determined by students' ratings of the mentoring. The software developed could potentially be used to build similar mentoring tools for other disciplines.

An online support system has been created for the Peer Review of Teaching program. Applicants are able to register for information sessions and book observation times online. Potential reviewers are able to register for training sessions using the system, which also disseminates reports.

Developed in partnership with Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the tool enables program and course conveners to quickly connect course learning outcomes, activities and assessments based on different criteria.

Originally built to satisfy TEQSA requirement to include teaching staff contact information in the course pages in Moodle, this evolved as a single-stop to manage the contact information for teaching staff and also enable School Admins to map teachers to classes, enabling a more efficient way to manage the distribution of myExperience surveys.