Kate Thompson

Kate Thompson
Queensland University of Technology | QUT · Faculty of Education

PhD

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Introduction
My PhD examined the intersection of learning sciences theory (multiple representations, CSCL, cognition) and simulation model use. A background in environmental science led me to a systems perspective, and work on environmental education programs has involved m-learning, virtual worlds, learning by design and education for socioenvironmental synthesis. My current research focuses on developing methods to visualize and analyze collaborative processes using complex data sets to inform designers.
Additional affiliations
March 2011 - present
The University of Sydney
Position
  • Design for Learning
June 2010 - February 2011
The University of Sydney
Position
  • Senior Research Associate: Learning the complexity of scientific knowledge about climate change with computer modelling and visualization technologies
February 2010 - present
The University of Sydney
Position
  • Research Associate: ARC Laureate Fellowship Learning, technology and design: architectures for productive networked learning
Education
March 2004 - December 2007
The University of Sydney
Field of study
  • Learning Sciences
March 2001 - December 2003
UNSW Sydney
Field of study
  • Environmental Management
March 1996 - December 2000
UNSW Sydney
Field of study
  • Environmental Science

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Publications (82)
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Many volumes have been devoted to intuitive but misguided ideas about how learning works. This is as true in the use of educational technologies in higher education as it is in other related fields of educational research. As we (hopefully) emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, educational technologies are poised to feature more heavily in post-second...
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Keywords refer to important words or concepts that represent the research foci and theoretical backgrounds of an academic study. They enable readers to glean a quick impression about what they are going to read from an academic article. Keywords also provide valuable information for researchers who intend to search for articles related to a particu...
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Authoring documents and academic articles is a key means by which researchers share new knowledge and is closely tied to academic progression, prestige for individuals and institutions, and continued funding of research. In this editorial we continue our discussion around ensuring quality research and publication practices, with a focus on authorsh...
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Integrating information from across multiple sources is an important science literacy skill that involves the following: identifying intra- and intertextual ties, modeling relationships between sources and claims and making an evaluation of the claims made. Tasks that involve reading, interpreting and synthesizing multiple sources have been well ex...
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The end of 2021 marks the first anniversary of the new AJET Lead Editor Team. In this editorial we explore the role of change in the past two years of educational technology in tertiary education, and what this has meant for AJET. We also present the bibliometrics for the year, a summary of what was published in AJET in 2021, and what we have learn...
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Over the last decade a spate of issues has been emerging in empirical research spanning diverse fields such as biology, medicine, economics, and psychological science. The crisis has already led to fundamental shifts in how research is being conducted in several fields, particularly psychological science. Broadly labelled the ‘replication crisis’,...
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As a technique for linking learning theory to learning design, Conjecture Mapping (Sandoval, 2014) plays an important role in Design-based Research. Our goal is to strengthen the main function of conjecture mapping as a boundary object between the designers and researchers. Based on a literature review of modifications and extensions to conjecture...
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Trends are important to us as researchers and practitioners in higher education (Boer et al., 2002). Trends influence decisions about funding for research, decisions about organisational infrastructure, and the establishment of new degrees. The dictionary definition of trend is a general direction in which something is developing or changing, and a...
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Modelling complex socio-environmental problems requires integration of knowledge across disparate fields of expertise. A key challenge is understanding how social learning across disciplines occurs in scientific research teams, in order that integrated knowledge is co-created. This article introduces a new framework for training researchers to inte...
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This special issue brings together a rich collection of papers in collaboration analytics. With topics including theory building, data collection, modelling, designing frameworks, and building machine learning models, this issue represents some of the most active areas of research in the field. In this editorial, we summarize the papers; discuss th...
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The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly caused global upheaval in education. The sudden and mass migration of learning online has created challenges and opportunities for educators, educational technologists and researchers of educational technologies and will continue to do so for some time. As we discuss here, there is a likelihood that the COVID-19...
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The interdisciplinary research (IR) that is necessary for the creation of innovative solutions for the many complex environmental challenges facing society requires collaboration and the sharing and integration of knowledge from different disciplines in teams. Higher education programs should deploy effective pedagogical approaches to train student...
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In some high school learning environments, hundreds of students engage in collaborative, term-long, project-based learning STEM or STEAM units of work. In this chapter, the authors report on an ongoing design-based research project in which researchers and teachers collaborate to design, teach, and assess STEAM units of work. They draw on research...
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Digital educational technologies, like communication technologies more generally, can undermine the tyranny of distance. If we are not careful, we can slip into thinking that they make space and place irrelevant. This is not the case, as the papers in this special issue demonstrate. Technology needs to be understood as spatially configured and enta...
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A number of researchers have explored the role and nature of design in education, proposing a diverse array of life cycle models. Design plays subtly different roles in each of these models. The learning design research community is shifting its attention from the representation of pedagogical plans to considering design as an ongoing process. As a...
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As a human-centred educational practice and field of research, learning analytics must account for key stakeholders in teaching and learning. The focus of this paper is on the role of institutions to support teachers to incorporate learning analytics into their practice by understanding the confluence of internal and external factors that influence...
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Discussion amongst the learning analytics community is for the need to link learning analytics with learning design. However, learning design is a complex space, and not all approaches to design for learning are the same. With this proposed integrated practice comes unique challenges for the contemporary educator. In this paper, we focus on the und...
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There has been extensive investigation into factors affecting digital technology integration in learning and teaching, but the complexity of integration continues to elude understanding. Thus, questions about how digital technologies can be best used to support learning persist. This paper argues that methods designed to address complex systems are...
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In this paper, we describe our research investigating design, teaching and learning aspects of the EMBeRS Summer School. In 2016, thirteen graduate Environmental Science students participated in a ten-day Summer School to learn about interdisciplinary approaches to researching socio-environmental systems. Using the Employing Model-Based Reasoning i...
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Learning spaces influence how we act, however there is a lack of systemic research addressing the impact of environments on teaching and learning. In this paper, we introduce a hybrid tracking technique in which a colour model is combined with algorithms to identify human positions, and applied to video data. The aim of identifying patterns of move...
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There is a need for approaches to understand the teaching and learning of STEM and STEAM in schools in order to prepare preservice teachers for innovative classroom practice. In this paper we use a combined design approach to examine the activity of school students, preservice teachers and graduate STEAM students in two STEM Studios at a University...
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This Communique provides a summary of the Queensland Digital Technologies Summit 2016: Initial Teacher Education conducted by The School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University, with the support of the Queensland College of Teachers and the Queensland Deans of Education.
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The aim of this paper is to describe the design approach developed to analyze the design and consequent activity of learners engaged in an undergraduate environmental science course. The course was taught using the EMBeRS method that emphasizes generation of external representations of mental models to build shared understanding of socio-environmen...
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There is a steadily growing interest in the design of spaces in which multiple interactive surfaces are present and, in turn, in understanding their role in group activity. However, authentic activities in these multi-surface spaces can be complex. Groups commonly use digital and non-digital artefacts, tools and resources, in varied ways depending...
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In the last five years, the analytical techniques for identifying the processes of online learning have developed to the point where applications for the assessment of learning can be discussed. This would be most appropriate for twenty-first century skills-such as collaboration, decision-making, and teamwork skills-which are the core learning outc...
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Recently, there have been calls to undertake deeper analyses of learner interactions in collaborative computer-supported environments, analyses that move beyond code and count, in order to understand collaboration from multiple viewpoints. In this chapter, two analytical approaches are presented, analyzing and interpreting the same conversational d...
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This paper describes theory-led design as a way of developing novel tools for learning analytics. It focuses upon the domain of real-time automated discourse analysis (ADA) of group learning activities to facilitate instructor orchestration of online groups. The paper outlines the literature on the development of LA especially within the domain of...
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In inter- and transdisciplinary teams, diverse perspectives on a particular problem must be integrated into shared models of the problem. This process has been identified as a core challenge for socio-environmental synthesis research and education. There is little understanding of how to facilitate knowledge integration across perspectives. We gene...
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This paper introduces system dynamics modeling to understand, visualize and explore technology integration in schools, through the development of a theoretical model of technology-related change in teachers' practice. Technology integration is a dynamic social practice, within the social system of education. It is difficult, if not nearly impossibl...
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The aims of the Synthesis and Scaffolding Project were to understand: the role of specific scaffolds in relation to the activity of learners, and the activity of learners during a collaborative design task from multiple perspectives, through the collection and analysis of multiple streams of data and the adoption of a synthesis approach to the rese...
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This paper fuses research on CSCL and collaborative design for learning. It reports a study located in a novel multi-surface environment, configured to support small teams who are designing for other people's learning. Despite growing awareness in the CSCL community of the importance of design in teachers' work, there has been very little empirical...
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This paper investigates three groups of three postgraduate students who completed the same collaborative design task. Each group was given a different scaffold focused on the design process, assigned roles, or tool use. An analysis of the coded discourse using First Order Markov models showed differences between the groups’ decisions related to the...
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This paper presents our proposed methods developed to contribute to our understanding of a complex and heterogeneous activity: face-to-face collaborative design and learning. We build on principles of multimodal learning analytics and synthesis research to explore different dimensions of collaboration including the analysis of discourse, tools usag...
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Synthesis research is a method utilized in the field of ecology, and involves bringing together experts in different areas to address a research question that cannot be entirely answered by a single perspective. This symposium explores the application of this model to the learning sciences, specifically to scaffolding of computer supported collabor...
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A good repertoire of methods for analysing and sharing ideas about existing designs can make a useful contribution to improving the quality and efficiency of educational design work. Just as architects can improve their practice by studying historic and contemporary buildings, so people who design to help people learn can get better at what they do...
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This paper describes a technique for locating indicators of success within the data collected from complex learning environments, proposing an application of e-research to access learner processes and measure and track group progress. The technique combines automated extraction of tense and modality via parts-of-speech tagging with a visualisation...
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Multimodal learning analytics, with a focus on discourse analysis, can be used to discover, and subsequently understand, the processes and patterns of learning in complex learning environments. Our work builds upon and integrates two types of research: (a) process analytic approaches of dynamically captured video and computer-screen activity and (b...
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In the last five years, the analytical techniques for identifying the processes of online learning have developed to the point where applications for the assessment of learning can be discussed. This would be most appropriate for twenty-first century skills-such as collaboration, decision-making, and teamwork skills-which are the core learning outc...
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The chapter will explain the role of scenario-based MUVES and educational games in science education and will present both the benefits for students and the challenges of using these forms of technology in a classroom setting. This chapter presents the findings of two case studies on the use of a scenario-based Multi-User Virtual Environments (MUVE...
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Learning analytics techniques are traditionally used on the 'big data' collected at the course or university level. The application of such techniques to the data sets generated in complex learning environments can provide insights into the relationships between the design of learning environments, the processes of learning, and learning outcomes....
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With the advent of information technology, emails have gained wide acceptability among students as an asynchronous communication tool. According to the current pedagogy literature the overall trend of the use of email communication by university students has been increasing significantly since its inception, despite the rapid growth of the populari...
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The ability to capture large amounts of data that describe the interactions of learners becomes useful when one has a framework in which to make sense of the processes of learning in complex learning environments. Through the analysis of such data, one is able to understand what is happening in these networks; however, deciding which elements will...
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Learning by design (LBD) has a long association with learning about complex environmental systems. This investigation traces the development of ideas within a group of five students engaged in a collaborative design process. Tasked with the design of an online educational resource, about a waterway of local significance, this group was one of three...
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Within the field of CSCL, observation customarily follows the design and, or implementation of a new tool, script or digital learning environment. This study sets out to describe a collaborative learning environment with high reliance on ICT's that exists "in the wild". A total of 549 hours of observation will be used to process theories of: materi...
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This chapter reviews research on computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL). Its scope includes learning that takes place face-to-face, remotely, and in blends of face-to-face and remote activity. It considers learning in groups of various sizes (from dyads to learning communities). It considers a range of approaches intended to promote and s...
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The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate the value of using discourse analysis to understand users' interactions in a scenario-based virtual environment. This study investigated six dyads' synchronous discourses while they worked side-by-side to plan and implement goal-related decisions in a virtual inquiry. The Collaborative Process Analysis Co...
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Multimodal discourse analysis has been shown to be useful in adding depth to our understanding of the processes of computer supported collaborative learning. We take one of the codes used in a multimodal coding scheme (CPACS), and apply automated data extraction techniques to a large corpus of data aimed at one code in the micro-level (pronouns). T...
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The chapter will explain the role of scenario-based MUVES and educational games in science education and will present both the benefits for students and the challenges of using these forms of technology in a classroom setting. This chapter presents the findings of two case studies on the use of a scenario-based Multi-User Virtual Environments (MUVE...
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Recently, there have been calls to undertake deeper analyses of learner interactions in collaborative computer-supported environments, analyses that move beyond code and count, in order to understand collaboration from multiple viewpoints. In this chapter, two analytical approaches are presented, analyzing and interpreting the same conversational d...
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Debate in the field of event-based analysis of collaborative process data has focused on how best to account for the temporal nature of processes. We reanalyzed data from an online learning environment that included multiple tool use (chat and wiki) in synchronous and asynchronous collaborative settings. In this paper we modeled decision-making, an...
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This study applies variation theory to examine the discourse of three online groups learning about the structure and behavior of simple population models. Students' discussions were examined to reveal whether the discussions provided opportunities to become aware of possible variations corresponding to those critical dimensions. The findings indica...
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The use of computer games and virtual environments has been shown to engage and motivate students and can provide opportunities to visualize the historical period and make sense of complex visual information. This article presents the results of a study in which university students were asked to collaboratively solve inquiry-based problems related...
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A classification system that was developed for the use of agent-based models was applied to strategies used by school-aged students to interrogate an agent-based model and a system dynamics model. These were compared, and relationships between learning outcomes and the strategies used were also analysed. It was found that the classification system...
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A custom-designed combination of a chat tool and a wiki tool was used to engage postgraduate education students online in system dynamics modelling tasks. The purpose of the course was to familiarise students with core concepts of the complexity sciences, and to introduce them to modelling complex systems as a means to research processes of learnin...
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This paper introduces process modeling and mining as an approach to process analysis for CSCL. This approach is particularly relevant for collaborative learning that takes a project-based form, and is applied in this study to online chat data from teams working on a complex task. The groups differed in terms of the number of members and the amount...
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The chat communication between students engaged in a collaborative modeling task, using a system dynamics modeling approach, was analysed. The analysis revealed a pattern to how students begin new problems in a chat and the analysis of the objects of learning identified issues with both communication between students and the design of one of the ta...
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A classification system that was developed for the use of agent-based models was applied to strategies used by school-aged students to interrogate an agent-based model and a system dynamics model. These were compared, and relationships between learning outcomes and the strategies used were also analysed. It was found that the classification system...
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Multiple external representations are a well-researched strategy for understanding phenomena, however, they have yet to be empirically tested with respect to learning about complex systems, and specifically environmental education or learning from models. System dynamics models and agent-based models are tools used to represent complex systems. Sys...
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The basics of system dynamics modelling were taught to postgraduate students as part of a Masters course. The course was taught in an online e-learning environment incorporating both synchronous and asynchronous tools to facilitate the collaborative nature of the tasks. The focus of this article is to investigate the patterns present in decision-ma...