An Experience Making Use of Learning Analytics Techniques in Discussion Forums to Improve the Interaction in Learning Ecosystems

Luis Magdiel Oliva Córdova, Héctor R. Amado-Salvatierra, Klinge Orlando Villalba Condori

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Abstract

The study discussed in this paper had two principal objectives. The first objective was to stimulate engagement of participants in a virtual learning environment through the invitation to write an application essay on their motivation to be part of the learning experience. This first experience presented a positive reaction in terms of participation in a Massive Open Online Course (MOOCs). The second objective within a subset of the participants in the study was to evaluate the importance of using visual learning analytics to improve and enhance interaction in learning ecosystems, where the participant plays a main role and a visual aid could provide to the teachers different mental models and early alerts related to change of patterns or really low participation. For this, the work presents an analysis of the interaction developed between students and tutors in several types of forums implemented in a virtual course: presentation, doubts, debate, reflection, analysis. Finally, authors performed a comparative study using data and results gathered over two editions in an A/B testing configuration. The results in this study provide evidence that despite the inherent openness behind MOOCs, participants should be encouraged to have a commitment to finish the courses and the standalone discussion forums will not be the only element to consider. In fact the Social Network Analysis will play an important role in a learning ecosystem.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLearning and Collaboration Technologies. Designing Learning Experiences - 6th International Conference, LCT 2019, Held as Part of the 21st HCI International Conference, HCII 2019, Proceedings
EditorsPanayiotis Zaphiris, Andri Ioannou
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages64-76
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9783030218133
DOIs
StatePublished - 2019
Event6th International Conference on Learning and Collaboration Technologies, LCT 2019, held as part of the 21st International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2019 - Orlando, United States
Duration: 26 Jul 201931 Jul 2019

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume11590 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference6th International Conference on Learning and Collaboration Technologies, LCT 2019, held as part of the 21st International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOrlando
Period26/07/1931/07/19

Bibliographical note

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© 2019, Springer Nature Switzerland AG.

Keywords

  • Engagement
  • Interaction analysis
  • Learning ecosystem

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