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On the need for fine-grained analysis of Gender versus Commenting Behaviour in MOOCs

Alshehri, Mohammad; Foss, Jonathan; Cristea, Alexandra I.; Kayama, Mizue; Shi, Lei; Alamri, Ahmed; Tsakalidis, Adam

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Authors

Mohammad Alshehri

Jonathan Foss

Mizue Kayama

Lei Shi

Adam Tsakalidis



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Abstract

Stereotyping is the first type of adaptation ever proposed. However, the early systems have never dealt with the numbers of learners that current Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) provide. Thus, the umbrella question that this work tackles is if learner characteristics can predict their overall, but also fine-grain behaviour. Earlier results point at differences related to gender or to age. Here, we analyse gender versus commenting behaviour. Our fine-grained analysis shows that the result may further depend on the course topic, or even week. Surprisingly, for instance, women chat less in a Psychology-related course, but more (or similar) on a Computer Science course. These results are analysed in this paper in details, including two different methods of averaging comments, leading to remarkably different results. The outcomes can help in informing future runs, in terms of potential personalised feedback for teachers and students.

Citation

Alshehri, M., Foss, J., Cristea, A. I., Kayama, M., Shi, L., Alamri, A., & Tsakalidis, A. (2018). On the need for fine-grained analysis of Gender versus Commenting Behaviour in MOOCs. In Proceedings of the 2018 the 3rd International Conference on Information and Education Innovations (ICIEI'18) : London, United Kingdom, June 30 - July 02, 2018 (73-77). https://doi.org/10.1145/3234825.3234833

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (Published)
Conference Name 3rd International Conference on Information and Education Innovations (ICIEI'18)
Acceptance Date May 22, 2018
Online Publication Date Jun 30, 2018
Publication Date Jun 30, 2018
Deposit Date Aug 2, 2018
Publicly Available Date Aug 2, 2018
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages 73-77
Series Title ACM international conference proceeding series
Book Title Proceedings of the 2018 the 3rd International Conference on Information and Education Innovations (ICIEI'18) : London, United Kingdom, June 30 - July 02, 2018.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1145/3234825.3234833
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1144831

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© ACM 2018. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive Version of Record was published in Proceedings of the 2018 The 3rd International Conference on Information and Education Innovations (ICIEI'18), https://doi.org/10.1145/3234825.3234833.






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