It is my pleasure to announce that our poster “The Changing Patterns of MOOC Discourse” by Dowell, N. M. M., Brooks, C., Kovanović, V., Joksimović, S., & Gašević, D. was presented at the Forth ACM Conference on Learning @ Scale in Cambridge, USA. The poster describes the results of a study which examined the changes over time in the language and discourse characteristics of MOOC students, as expressed in their discussion postings.

You can find the poster and the presentation on the link below:

Dowell et al. – The Changing Patterns of MOOC Discourse


There is an emerging trend in higher education for the adoption of massive open online courses (MOOCs). However, despite this interest in learning at scale, there has been limited work investigating how MOOC participants have changed over time. In this study, we explore the temporal changes in MOOC learners’ language and discourse characteristics. In particular, we demonstrate that there is a clear trend within a course for language in discussion forums to be of both more on-topic and reflective of deep learning in subsequent offerings of a course. We measure this in two ways, and demonstrate this trend through several repeated analyses of different courses in different domains. While not all courses show an increase beyond statistical significance, the majority do, providing evidence that MOOC learner populations are changing as the educational phenomena matures.


  Category: Conferences

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May 12th, 2017

L@S’17 poster published

April 26th, 2017

LAK’17 paper published

April 26th, 2017

LAK’17 poster published

April 20th, 2017

WWW’17 paper published

February 15th, 2017

WWW 2017 paper accepted

February 15th, 2017

L@S17 paper accepted

December 18th, 2016

LAK17 poster accepted

December 6th, 2016

LAK17 paper accepted

May 18th, 2016

Topic modeling tutorial at LASI’16

March 10th, 2016

Co-chairing the LWMOOCs 2016 program

February 22nd, 2016

“Translating network position into performance: Importance of Centrality in Different Network Configurations” nominated for the LAK’16 best paper award

February 14th, 2016

“Profiling of MOOC Course Returners: How Does Student Behavior Change Between Two Course Enrollments?” accepted for Learning@Scale 2016

December 20th, 2015

Two papers accepted for LAK’16

November 15th, 2015

“MOOCs in the News: A European perspective” presented at the 2015 Home conference in Rome

August 30th, 2015

“Structure matters: Adoption of structured classification approach in the context of cognitive presence classification” accepted for AIRS conference

July 9th, 2015

“Recognising learner autonomy: Lessons and reflections from a joint x/c MOOC” won best paper award at HERDSA 2015 conference

June 20th, 2015

On board of Learning@Scale organizers

April 30th, 2015

On board of LAK 16 organizing commitee

April 30th, 2015

“Recognising learner autonomy: Lessons and reflections from a joint x/c MOOC” accepted for HERDSA conference

March 20th, 2015

“Penetrating the Black Box of Time-on-task Estimation” won best paper award at LAK 2015 conference

January 26th, 2015

Our paper: “Penetrating the Black Box of Time-on-task Estimation” nominated for a best paper award at LAK 15

December 9th, 2014

Great news! 4 LAK’15 papers accepted

November 8th, 2014

“Topic Modeling for Learning Analytics Researchers” proposal for LAK tutorial accepted

November 1st, 2014

Doctoral consortium at LAK 2015 paper submitted

October 15th, 2014

“Topic Modeling for Learning Analytics Researchers” LAK tutorial proposal submitted

October 15th, 2014

Three full papers submitted for LAK 2015

May 18th, 2014

“What is the source of social capital? The association between social network position and social presence in communities of inquiry” Paper accepted

March 3rd, 2014

“Automated Content Analysis of Online Discussion Transcripts” paper accepted

April 4th, 2013

Going to LASI 2013