Paula de Barba

Paula de Barba
Monash University (Australia) · Monash Online

PhD BPsych (Honors)

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Introduction
Dr Paula de Barba currently works at the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, University of Melbourne. Paula does research in Educational Psychology, Educational Technology and Higher Education.
Additional affiliations
September 2018 - present
University of Melbourne
Position
  • PostDoc Position
July 2014 - September 2018
University of Melbourne
Position
  • Research Associate
Education
July 2011 - November 2018
University of Melbourne
Field of study
  • Psychological Sciences
March 2002 - December 2006
Federal University of Santa Catarina
Field of study
  • Psychology

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Publications (24)
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Over the last 5 years, massive open online courses (MOOCs) have increasingly provided learning opportunities across the world in a variety of domains. As with many emerging educational technologies, why and how people come to MOOCs needs to be better understood and importantly what factors contribute to learners' MOOC performance. It is known that...
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The delivery of feedback to students through learning analytics dashboards is becoming more common in higher education. However, it is not clear what ability students have to interpret this feedback in ways that will benefit their learning. This paper presents the preliminary results of a mixed methods study into students' interpretation of feedbac...
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In the last five years, the world has seen a remarkable level of interest in Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs. A consistent message from universities participating in MOOC delivery is their eagerness to understand students' online learning processes. This paper reports on an exploratory investigation of students' learning processes in two MOOC...
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In this paper we present a learning analytics conceptual framework that supports enquiry-based evaluation of learning designs. The dimensions of the proposed framework emerged from a review of existing analytics tools, the analysis of interviews with teachers, and user scenarios to understand what types of analytics would be useful in evaluating a...
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While MOOCs have taken the world by storm, questions remain about their pedagogical value and high rates of attrition. In this paper we argue that MOOCs which have open entry and open curriculum structures, place pressure on learners to not only have the requisite knowledge and skills to complete the course, but also the skills to traverse the cour...
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Automatic authorship verification is known to be a challenging machine learning task. In this paper, we examine the efficacy of an enhanced common n-gram profile-based approach to assist educational institutions to validate students' essays and assignments through their writing styles. We investigated the impact that essays with different cognitive...
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Student-facing learning analytics dashboards have the potential to reconnect students with their purpose for learning, reminding them of their goals and promoting reflection about their learning journey. However, far less is known about the specifics of the relationship between different types of visualisations and data presented in dashboards and...
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Teaching students to think and act as scientists through inquiry is at the core of recent science education. Although self-regulated learning (SRL) is acknowledged as crucial to performing scientific inquiry, much is yet to be understood about the specifics of students’ interactions with the scientific process. In the current study, we conducted an...
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Smart learning environments (SLE) provide students with opportunities to interact with learning resources and activities in ways that are customised to their particular learning goals and approaches. A challenge in developing SLEs is providing resources and tasks within a single system that can seamlessly tailor learning experience in terms of time...
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Keystroke logging and clickstream data, both emergent areas of study in the field of learning analytics, present promising alternative methods of detecting and preventing contract cheating. The current study examines whether analysis of keystroke and clickstream data can detect when a student is creating their own authentic writing or transcribing...
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One of the main challenges for online learners is knowing how to effectively manage their time. Highly autonomous settings, such as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), put additional pressure on learners in this regard. However, little is known about how learners organize their time in terms of sessions or blocks of time across a MOOC. This study...
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Teaching students to think and act as scientists through inquiry is at the core of recent science education. Although self-regulated learning (SRL) is acknowledged as crucial to performing scientific inquiry, much is yet to be understood about the specifics of students' interactions with the scientific process. In the current study, we conducted an...
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This work aims to characterize students' writing processes using keystroke logs and understand how the extracted characteristics influence the text quality at specific moments of writing. Earlier works have proposed predictive models characterizing students' writing processes and mainly rely on distribution-based measures of pauses obtained from th...
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Museums are challenged to provide learning opportunities to a diverse audience. Visitors come to museums with varied backgrounds, motivations, interests, and prior knowledge. Based on these factors they regulate their learning experience, choosing what, where, and when to engage and learn. This pilot study was designed to investigate how learning o...
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Recent scholarly discussions about massive open online courses (MOOCs) highlight pedagogical and practical issues that separate MOOCs from other learning settings, especially how theories of learning translate to MOOC students’ motivation, participation, and performance. What is missing from these discussions is the purpose of the MOOC. We report a...
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Essay writing is a fundamental part of higher education. Students' use of self-regulatory skills, such as time management and planning and writing strategies, while writing essays predicts better writing quality. Current characterisations of the relationship between self-regulation and essay writing are limited by the difficulty of assessing self-r...
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In online learning environments, learners are often required to be more autonomous in their approach to learning. In scaled online learning environments, like Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), there are differences in the ability of learners to access teachers and peers to get help with their study than in more traditional educational environmen...
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Maximising the benefits of digital learning environments requires understanding how students process what they are exposed to in these environments. Besides approaches based on examining information processing within the cognitive domain, the importance of including emotions has been recently addressed. This study aimed to explore emotional dynamic...
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One of the great promises of learning analytics is the ability of digital systems to generate meaningful data about students' learning interactions that can be returned to teachers. If provided in appropriate and timely ways, such data could be used by teachers to inform their current and future teaching practice. In this paper we showcase the lear...
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Providing feedback directly to students on their engagement and performance in educational activities is important to supporting students' learning. However, questions have been raised whether such data representations are adequate to inform reflection, planning and monitoring of students' learning strategies. In this poster we present an investiga...
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This paper provides an overview of media-rich real-time collaboration tool use for learning and teaching in Australian and New Zealand universities. These tools, which include video conferencing tools, web conferencing tools and virtual worlds, afford students and teachers the ability to synchronously represent concepts, and enable them to interact...

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Collection of papers in writing analytics, particularly in relation to self-regulated learning.
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This project investigate how personalised analytics-­based feedback can support students’ use of SRL skills in STEM education.
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Community Of Inquiry exploring designing online learning