The Life Between Big Data Log Events

Posted: July 4, 2016 in Moodle MOOC posts

An article in a new scientific magazine AERO OPEN on interviews to MOOCers – http://ero.sagepub.com/content/2/3/2332858416657002

« This article draws on interviews with 92 students in massive open online courses (MOOCs) to examine the strategies they use to overcome the challenges they face. Our findings indicate that some of their strategies, such as rewatching videos, returning to a course after a break, and rereading content, could appear in data automatically collected by learning platforms. Other strategies, such as asking family members for assistance or searching the web for supplementary study materials, are invisible to tracking logs. We present three important domains of the experience of MOOC students that are absent from the tracking logs: the practices at learners’ workstations, learners’ activities online but off platform, and the wider social context of their lives beyond the MOOC. With the rise of sophisticated new methods of learning analytics (Siemens & Baker, 2012), researchers, faculty, and course developers have a growing and diverse body of quantitative data and computational research methods to guide improvements in MOOC design; our findings highlight the importance of drawing on other forms of research to design courses that support learners’ needs and practices.»

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