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[publication] Clustering patterns of engagement in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs): the use of learning analytics to reveal student categories #mooc #tugraz

Our research about a case study of using Learning Analytics for MOOCs got published with the title „Clustering patterns of engagement in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs): the use of learning analytics to reveal student categories„.

Abstract:

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are remote courses that excel in their students’ heterogeneity and quantity. Due to the peculiarity of being massiveness, the large datasets generated by MOOC platforms require advanced tools and techniques to reveal hidden patterns for purposes of enhancing learning and educational behaviors. This publication offers a research study on using clustering as one of these techniques to portray learners’ engagement in MOOCs. It utilizes Learning Analytics techniques to investigate an offered MOOC by Graz University of Technology held for undergraduates. The authors mainly seek to classify students into appropriate categories based on their level of engagement. Clusters afterward are compared with another classical scheme (Cryer’s scheme of Elton) for further examination and comparison. The final results of this study show that extrinsic factors are not enough to make students highly committed to the MOOC, yet, adding intrinsic factors are recommended to improve future MOOCs.

[Full article @ Springer]

[Draft @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Khalil, M., Ebner, M. (2016) Clustering patterns of engagement in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs): the use of learning analytics to reveal student categories. Journal of Computing in Higher Education. pp. 1-19. https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12528-016-9126-9

[publication] Learning with Mobile Devices Perceptions of Students and Teachers at Lower Secondary Schools in Austria

Our contribution at this year ED-MEDIA conference in Tampere, Finnland about „Learning with Mobile Devices Perceptions of Students and Teachers at Lower Secondary Schools in Austria“ is now online available. The slides have alreday been published here.
Abstract:

This publication aims to report on the findings of a study of readiness for integrating mobile phones in secondary schools (grade 5 – 8) in Austria. Surveys are used to examine the ownership and usage of mobile phones of kids of the age from 10 to 14 years, teachers and additionally teacher candidates. Findings indicate that gathered data show the reality outside school and the lack of readiness of teachers and teacher candidates. Educators and school authority need to take a serious approach to accepting 21st century technology. It can be summarized that the educational system has to be adapted to today’s and tomorrow’s technologies. Issues based on the research and compared with data from the recent JIM Study are discussed: Youth and mobile technologies, school – demands and challenges-, teacher education and Bring Your Own Device (BOYD).

Reference: Grimus, M. & Ebner, M. (2014). Learning with Mobile Devices Perceptions of Students and Teachers at Lower Secondary Schools in Austria. In Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2014 (pp. 1600-1609). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.