Gauging MOOC Learners' Adherence to the Designed Learning Path. Davis, D.; Chen, G.; Hauff, C.; and Houben, G. Technical Report
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Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platform designs, such as those of edX and Coursera, afford linear learning sequences by building scaffolded knowledge from activity to activity and from week to week. We consider those sequences to be the courses' designed learning paths. But do learners actually adhere to these designed paths, or do they forge their own ways through the MOOCs? What are the implications of either following or not following the designed paths? Existing research has greatly emphasized, and succeeded in, automatically predicting MOOC learner success and learner dropout based on behavior patterns derived from MOOC learners' data traces. However, those predictions do not directly translate into practicable information for course designers & instructors aiming to improve engagement and retention-the two major issues plaguing today's MOOCs. In this work, we present a three-pronged approach to exploring MOOC data for novel learning path insights, thus enabling course instructors & designers to adapt a course's design based on empirical evidence.
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 abstract = {Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platform designs, such as those of edX and Coursera, afford linear learning sequences by building scaffolded knowledge from activity to activity and from week to week. We consider those sequences to be the courses' designed learning paths. But do learners actually adhere to these designed paths, or do they forge their own ways through the MOOCs? What are the implications of either following or not following the designed paths? Existing research has greatly emphasized, and succeeded in, automatically predicting MOOC learner success and learner dropout based on behavior patterns derived from MOOC learners' data traces. However, those predictions do not directly translate into practicable information for course designers & instructors aiming to improve engagement and retention-the two major issues plaguing today's MOOCs. In this work, we present a three-pronged approach to exploring MOOC data for novel learning path insights, thus enabling course instructors & designers to adapt a course's design based on empirical evidence.},
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 author = {Davis, Dan and Chen, Guanliang and Hauff, Claudia and Houben, Geert-Jan}
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