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My work is inspired by the vision and >40 years’ work of pioneer Doug Engelbart: to develop technologies which “augment human intellect”, our “collective capability for coping with complex, urgent problems.”

My current work revolves around these separate but also intersecting fields:

* Collective Intelligence infrastructure (technologies and ways of working that pool what is known) for contested knowledge (these days most claims are contestable, and in any serious dilemmas, there is disagreement about the way forward).

* Learning Analytics (how do you know if someone is learning from the digital traces they leave behind?), in particular, for 21st century qualities (the personal skills and dispositions that citizens need to thrive in an age of turbulence and complexity — starting at primary school).

Keys: Learning Analytics, Collective Intelligence, Argument Visualization

Team: Michelle Bachler, Anna De Liddo, Simon Knight, Brian Pluss, Duygu Simsek



Okada, A., Buckingham Shum, S., Sherborne, T. and , . (2014) Knowledge Cartography: Software tools and mapping techniques,, eds. Springer Verlag, 2nd edition

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Simsek, D., Buckingham Shum, S., De Liddo, A., Ferguson, R. and Sándor, Á. (2014) Visual Analytics of Academic Writing, Demo at The 4th International Learning Analytics and Knowledge, Indianapolis, IN, USA, pp. 265-266, ACM New York, NY, USA ©2014


Buckingham Shum, S., De Liddo, A. and Klein, M. (2014) DCLA Meet CIDA: Collective Intelligence Deliberation Analytics, Workshop: 2nd Int. Workshop on Discourse-Centric Learning Analytics at 4th Int. Conf. on Learning Analytics & Knowledge., Indianapolis, USA

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Buckingham Shum, S., De Liddo, A. and Klein, M. (2014) DCLA Meet CIDA: Collective Intelligence Deliberation Analytics, The 4th International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge, Indianapolis, IN, USA

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Knight, S., Buckingham Shum, S. and Littleton, K. (2014) Epistemology, assessment, pedagogy: where learning meets analytics in the middle space, Journal of Learning Analytics, UTS ePress

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Epistemic Networks for Epistemic Commitments
Techreport ID: kmi-13-03
Date: 2013
Author(s): Simon Knight, Golnaz Arastoopour, David Williamson Shaffer, Simon Buckingham Shum, Karen Littleton

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Social Learning Analytics
Techreport ID: kmi-11-01
Date: 2011
Author(s): Simon Buckingham Shum,Rebecca Ferguson

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Designing the Ontological Foundations for Knowledge Domain Analysis Technology: An Interim Report
Techreport ID: kmi-08-02
Date: 2008
Author(s): Neil Benn, Simon Buckingham Shum, John Domingue, Clara Mancini

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Knowledge Media Institute (KMi)
£28,695 - £37,394
Based in Milton Keynes
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