College of Information Discovery Lecture Series

Dr. Ryan Baker - Learning Analytics & Educational Data Mining

Join us at the Willis Library room 250H on Thursday February 1st, 2018 at 1:00p for a College of Information (COI) Discovery Series lecture by Ryan Baker, a leading expert in learning analytics and educational data mining.  Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) will be his topic.  Light refreshments will be served at 2:00p, followed by a panel discussion, which will include Dr. George Siemens of UT Arlington and will be moderated by Dr. Kinshuk from COI. 

Abstract:  Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) have been viewed as a potentially powerful source for research on learning and student success, but research on MOOCs has largely been fragmentary, with most research conducted on single MOOCs, and limited work towards formally studying which findings replicate across courses, replicating the "Replication Crisis" seen in other areas of psychology. In this talk, I will discuss my lab's efforts to facilitate replication of research on learning and behavior within MOOCs, through developing a framework that can ingest data from edX and Coursera MOOCs and test whether a range of findings apply. In the work I'll discuss in this talk, we identify 15 findings from previously published studies on completion in MOOCs, render them into production rules within our architecture, and test them across 29 MOOC instances, using a post-hoc method to control for multiple comparisons. I will discuss which findings replicate and which findings replicate in reverse. We are currently working to extend this replication to over 70 MOOCs. This work represents a step towards automated replication of correlational research findings at large scale. 

Where:
Willis Library 250H

When:
Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

How much:
Free

Sponsor:
College of Information Dean's Office

Event open to:
Open to the public

Website:
COI Discovery Lecture Series

Contacts:
Caley Barnhart
Ci-Dean@unt.edu
940-369-8164