LAK15 Case Study 2: Examining Learners’ Cognitive Presence in MOOCs

Date: 18 March 2015

Authors: Vovides, Y., Youmans, T., Arthur, P., Davis, D., Ayo, E., Pongsajapan, R., McWilliams, M. and Kruse, A.

Link: LAK15 Case Study 2: Examining Learners’ Cognitive Presence in MOOCs (PDF) (MS Word)

Citation: Vovides, Y., Youmans, T., Arthur, P., Davis, D., Ayo, E., Pongsajapan, R., McWilliams, M. and Kruse, A. LAK15 Case Study 2: Examining Learners’ Cognitive Presence in Massive Open Online Courses, Learning Analytics Review, Paper LAK15-2, ISSN 2057-7494, March 2015, http://www.laceproject.eu/learning-analytics-review/examining-learners-cognitive-presence-in-moocs/

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Abstract:
This study examines a corpus of 4,825 discussion forum posts from 495 participants in a GeorgetownX MOOC on globalization for insight into the cognitive presence of learners and its implications for course performance. By analyzing the use of key terms linked to core course concepts as well as estimated level of language abstraction in the discussion forum, we examine the relationship between the results of this analysis, achievement, and video content engagement. By combining these varied analytics, we aim to get a better sense of learners’ cognitive presence.


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