Friday, 20 February 2015

Research Seminar: Can Learning Analytics Inform MOOC Design?

Join us on Monday 2 March when Graduate Intern Naomi Colhoun will present a seminar on Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) design.

The presentation will share the results of an MSc dissertation study completed in September 2014. Based on the University of Birmingham's "Good Brain, Bad Brain: Drug Origins" FutureLearn MOOC, this exploratory research employed learning analytics techniques to investigate the extent to which observed learner participation in the course reflected the pedagogical aims of the course designers. 

The potential usefulness of learning analytics in informing MOOC design was evaluated, as was the effectiveness of the analysis techniques themselves. The mixed methods approach combined automated thematic text analysis, social network analysis and descriptive statistical analysis with the 'teacher voice'™ often missing from MOOC literature. Framing the study are the deeper debates around both MOOC pedagogy and learning analytics.

The seminar takes place in RC204 in the Information School, Regent Court at 13:00.  All are welcome and there is no need to book.

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