Topic models to support instructors in MOOC forums

Jovita M. Vytasek, Alyssa Wise, Sonya Woloshen

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Abstract

This paper explores the potential of using naïve topic modeling to support instructors in navigating MOOC discussion forums. Categorizing discussion threads into topics can provide an overview of the discussion, improve navigation of the forum, and support replying to a representative sample of content related posts. We investigate four different approaches to using topic models to organize and present discussion posts, highlighting the strength and weaknesses of each approach to support instructors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLAK 2017 Conference Proceedings - 7th International Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference: Understanding, Informing and Improving Learning with Data
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages610-611
Number of pages2
VolumePart F126742
ISBN (Electronic)9781450348706
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 13 2017
Event7th International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge, LAK 2017 - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: Mar 13 2017Mar 17 2017

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Other7th International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge, LAK 2017
CountryCanada
CityVancouver
Period3/13/173/17/17

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Keywords

  • Discussion forums
  • MOOC
  • Topic modeling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Software

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Vytasek, J. M., Wise, A., & Woloshen, S. (2017). Topic models to support instructors in MOOC forums. In LAK 2017 Conference Proceedings - 7th International Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference: Understanding, Informing and Improving Learning with Data (Vol. Part F126742, pp. 610-611). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/3027385.3029486

Topic models to support instructors in MOOC forums. / Vytasek, Jovita M.; Wise, Alyssa; Woloshen, Sonya.

LAK 2017 Conference Proceedings - 7th International Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference: Understanding, Informing and Improving Learning with Data. Vol. Part F126742 Association for Computing Machinery, 2017. p. 610-611.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Vytasek, JM, Wise, A & Woloshen, S 2017, Topic models to support instructors in MOOC forums. in LAK 2017 Conference Proceedings - 7th International Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference: Understanding, Informing and Improving Learning with Data. vol. Part F126742, Association for Computing Machinery, pp. 610-611, 7th International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge, LAK 2017, Vancouver, Canada, 3/13/17. https://doi.org/10.1145/3027385.3029486
Vytasek JM, Wise A, Woloshen S. Topic models to support instructors in MOOC forums. In LAK 2017 Conference Proceedings - 7th International Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference: Understanding, Informing and Improving Learning with Data. Vol. Part F126742. Association for Computing Machinery. 2017. p. 610-611 https://doi.org/10.1145/3027385.3029486
Vytasek, Jovita M. ; Wise, Alyssa ; Woloshen, Sonya. / Topic models to support instructors in MOOC forums. LAK 2017 Conference Proceedings - 7th International Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference: Understanding, Informing and Improving Learning with Data. Vol. Part F126742 Association for Computing Machinery, 2017. pp. 610-611
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