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Analysing structured learning behaviour in massive open online courses (MOOCs): An approach based on process mining and clustering
van den Beemt, Antoine · Buijs, Joos · van der Aalst, Wil

PublishedNovember 2018
JournalThe International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning
Volume 19, Issue 5, Pages 37-60
CountryNetherlands, Europe

ABSTRACT
The increasing use of digital systems to support learning leads to a growth in data regarding both learning processes and related contexts. Learning Analytics offers critical insights from these data, through an innovative combination of tools and techniques. In this paper, we explore students’ activities in a MOOC from the perspective of personal constructivism, which we operationalized as a combination of learning behaviour and learning progress. This study considers students’ data analyzed as per the MOOC Process Mining: Data Science in Action. We explore the relation between learning behaviour and learning progress in MOOCs, with the purpose to gain insight into how passing and failing students distribute their activities differently along the course weeks, rather than predict students' grades from their activities. Commonly-studied aggregated counts of activities, specific course item counts, and order of activities were examined with cluster analyses, means analyses, and process mining techniques. We found four meaningful clusters of students, each representing specific behaviour ranging from only starting to fully completing the course. Process mining techniques show that successful students exhibit a more steady learning behaviour. However, this behaviour is much more related to actually watching videos than to the timing of activities. The results offer guidance for teachers.

Keywords constructivism · educational data mining · learning analytics · learning behavior · process mining · social learning analytics

Published atAthabasca, AB
ISSN1492-3831
RefereedYes
RightsAttribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)
DOI10.19173/irrodl.v19i5.3748
URLhttp://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/3748
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