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:
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.