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How is learning fluctuating? FutureLearn MOOCs fine-grained temporal Analysis and Feedback to Teachers

Cristea, A.I.; Alshehri, M.; Alamri, A.; Kayama, M.; Stewart, C.; Shi, L

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Authors

M. Kayama

L Shi



Contributors

B. Andersson
Editor

B. Johansson
Editor

S. Carlsson
Editor

C. Barry
Editor

M. Lang
Editor

H. Linger
Editor

C. Schneider
Editor

Abstract

Data-intensive analysis of massive open online courses (MOOCs) is popular. Researchers have been proposing various parameters conducive to analysis and prediction of student behaviour and outcomes in MOOCs, as well as different methods to analyse and use these parameters, ranging from statistics, to NLP, to ML, and even graph analysis. In this paper, we focus on patterns to be extracted, and apply systematic data analysis methods in one of the few genuinely large-scale data collection of 5 MOOCs, spread over 21 runs, on FutureLearn, a UK-based MOOCs provider, that, whilst offering a broad range of courses from many universities, NGOs and other institutions, has been less evaluated, in comparison to, e.g., its American counterparts. We analyse temporal quiz solving patterns; specifically, the less explored issue on how the first number of weeks of data predicts activities in the last weeks; we also address the classical MOOC question on the completion chance. Finally, we discuss the type of feedback a teacher or designer could receive on their MOOCs, in terms of fine-grained analysis of their material, and what personalisation could be provided to a student.

Citation

Cristea, A., Alshehri, M., Alamri, A., Kayama, M., Stewart, C., & Shi, L. (2018). How is learning fluctuating? FutureLearn MOOCs fine-grained temporal Analysis and Feedback to Teachers. In B. Andersson, B. Johansson, S. Carlsson, C. Barry, M. Lang, H. Linger, & C. Schneider (Eds.), Proceedings of the 27th International Conference on Information Systems Development (ISD2018), Education Track, Lund, Sweden, August 22-24, 2018

Conference Name 27th International Conference on Information Systems Development (ISD2018).
Conference Location Lund
Acceptance Date Jun 11, 2018
Online Publication Date Oct 31, 2018
Publication Date Oct 31, 2018
Deposit Date Aug 2, 2018
Publicly Available Date Aug 2, 2018
Publisher Association for Information Systems
Book Title Proceedings of the 27th International Conference on Information Systems Development (ISD2018), Education Track, Lund, Sweden, August 22-24, 2018.
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1146189
Publisher URL https://aisel.aisnet.org/isd2014/proceedings2018/Education/6/

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