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Wattle – Group Mirrors

Contact Person

Kalina Yacef
Kalina Yacef - kalina.yacef@sydney.edu.au

Kalina Yacef's research lies in the fields of Artificial Intelligence in Education, Educational Data Mining and Human Computer Interaction.

Project Description

Working in groups is hard. Yet, much human activity involves people collaborating in small groups to complete a project. This is especially common in the workplace. The ambitious goal of this project is to help transform groups into teams by providing them with mirrors of the group activity: then, the group members can be helped to see how the group is performing, whether the activity levels of each member and their interactions are healthy, or not.

This project aims to exploit some of the huge amounts of electronic trace data that can be captured as groups of people interact on a long term project. We focus on small groups which work over extended periods of time, several months, on a project such as a software development project or a research project.

This image above shows just one of the visualisations we have created. We call it Wattle, because its appearance was inspired by the Wattle tree. It is one of a set of novel visualisations of group activity: they mirror activity of individuals and their interactions, based upon readily available authentic data. We evaluated these visualisations in the context of a semester long software development project course. In evaluation studies, these visualisations were shown to provide a powerful and valuable mirroring role with potential, when well used, to help groups learn to improve their effectiveness.

Related Publications

2008

Kay, Judy

Lifelong Learner Modeling for Lifelong Personalized Pervasive Learning Journal Article

IEEE Trans on Learning Technologies, 1 (4), pp. 215-228, 2008.

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2007

Ullman, Adam; Kay, Judy

WikiNavMap: a visualisation to supplement team-based wikis Inproceedings

CHI '07: CHI '07 extended abstracts on Human factors in computing systems, pp. 2711–2716, ACM Press, San Jose, CA, USA, 2007, ISBN: 978-1-59593-642-4.

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Bull, Susan; Kay, Judy

Student Models that Invite the Learner In: The SMILI Open Learner Modelling Framework Journal Article

IJAIED, International Journal of Artificial Intelligence, 17 (2), pp. 89-120, 2007.

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Kay, Judy; Reimann, Peter; Yacef, Kalina

Mirroring of group activity to support learning as participation Inproceedings

Luckin, Rosemary; Koedinger, Kenneth R; Greer, Jim (Ed.): Proceedings of AIED 2007, 13th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education, pp. 584 - 586, IOS Press, Marina del Rey, California, 2007.

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Perera, Dilhan; Kay, Judy; Yacef, Kalina; Koprinska, Irena

Mining learners' traces from an online collaboration tool Inproceedings

Proceedings of Educational Data Mining workshop, pp. 60-69, Marina del Rey, CA, USA, 2007.

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Kay, Judy; Reimann, Peter; Yacef, Kalina

Visualisations for team learning: small teams working on long-term projects Inproceedings

Chinn, C; Erkens, G; Puntambekar, S (Ed.): Minds, mind, and society. Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Computer-supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL 2007), pp. 351-353, International Society of the Learning Sciences, New Brunswick, NJ, 2007.

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2006

Kay, Judy; Maisonneuve, Nicolas; Yacef, Kalina; Zaiane, Osmar

Mining patterns of events in students' teamwork data Inproceedings

Online Proceedings of the ITS (Intelligent Tutoring Systems) 2006 Workshop on Educational Data Mining, pp. 45-52, Jhongli, Taiwan, 2006.

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Kay, Judy; Maisonneuve, Nicolas; Yacef, Kalina; Reimann, Peter

The Big Five and Visualisations of Team Work Activity Inproceedings

Intelligent Tutoring Systems: Proceedings 8th International Conference, ITS 2006, pp. 197-206, Springer, Jhongli, Taiwan, 2006.

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Kay, Judy; Maisonneuve, Nicolas; Yacef, Kalina; Reimann, Peter

Wattle Tree: What'll it Tell Us? Technical Report

School of IT, The University of Sydney (582), 2006.

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Bull, Susan; Kay, Judy

Student Models that Invite the Learner In: The SMILI Open Learner Modelling Framework Technical Report

School of IT, The University of Sydney (580), 2006.

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Kay, Judy

Scrutable adaptation: because we can and must Inproceedings

Wade, V; Ashman, H; B.Smyth, (Ed.): Proceedings of Adaptive Hypermedia and Adaptive Web-Based Systems, 4th International Conference, AH2006, pp. 11-19, Springer, Dublin, Ireland, 2006.

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2005

Reimann, P; Kay, J

Adaptive visualization of user models to support group coordination processes Inproceedings

Online Proceedings of the Joint Workshop on Cognition and Learning through Media-Communication for Advanced e-Learning 2005, Tokyo, Japan, 2005.

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Reimann, P; Kay, J; Yacef, K; Goodyear, P

Adaptive Visualisation Support for Self-managed Learning Groups Inproceedings

Online Proceedings of the AIED (Artificial Intelligence in Education) 2005 Workshop on Representing and Analyzing Collaborative Interactions, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2005.

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Collins, C; Goodyear, P; Kay, Judy; Maisonneuve, N; Reimann, P; Weinel, M; Yacef, K

Adaptive Visualisation Support for Self-managed Learning groups, College of Science and Technology Teaching and Learning Showcase, Groupwork Poster Miscellaneous

2005.

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Drury, H; Kay, J; Losberg, W

Perceptions of group work from first to third year in computer science: do things get better? College of Science and Technology Teaching and Learning Showcase, Groupwork Poster Technical Report

2005.

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Reimann, Peter; Kay, Judy; Yacef, Kalina; Goodyear, Peter

Adaptive Visualisation Support for Self-managed Learning Groups Inproceedings

Proceedings of Representing and Analyzing Collaborative Interactions, held in conjunction with 12th conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED05), Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2005.

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Bull, Susan; Kay, Judy

Metacognition and Open Learner Models Inproceedings

The 3rd Workshop on Meta-Cognition and Self-Regulated Learning in Educational Technologies, at ITS2008, pp. 7–20, Montreal, Canada, 0000.

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