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Can you tell if they’re learning? Using a pedagogical framework to measure pedagogical activity

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The proliferation of Web-based learning objects makes finding and evaluating online resources problematic. While established Learning Analytics methods use Web interaction to evaluate learner engagement, there is uncertainty regarding the appropriateness of these measures. In this paper we propose a method for evaluating pedagogical activity in Web-based comments using a pedagogical framework, and present a preliminary study that assigns a Pedagogical Value (PV) to comments. This has value as it categorises discussion in terms of pedagogical activity rather than Web interaction. Results show that PV is distinct from typical interactional measures; there are negative or insignificant correlations with established
Learning Analytics methods, but strong correlations with relevant linguistic indicators of learning, suggesting that the use of pedagogical frameworks may produce more accurate indicators than interaction analysis, and that linguistic rather than interaction analysis has the potential to automatically identify learning behaviour.

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O'Riordan, Tim, Millard, David and Schulz, John (2015) Can you tell if they’re learning? Using a pedagogical framework to measure pedagogical activity At ICALT 2015: 15th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, Taiwan, Province of China. 06 - 09 Jul 2015. 3 pp.

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Accepted/In Press date: 20 March 2015
Published date: 20 July 2015
Venue - Dates: ICALT 2015: 15th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, Taiwan, Province of China, 2015-07-06 - 2015-07-09
Keywords: web-based learning, pedagogical frameworks, learning analytics, language analysis, MOOC, discussion forums
Organisations: Web & Internet Science

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Local EPrints ID: 376609
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/376609
PURE UUID: 012eeafb-1f59-4efd-8684-be70c5d9a060
ORCID for Tim O'Riordan: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-4905-7430
ORCID for David Millard: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7512-2710

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Date deposited: 30 Apr 2015 15:19
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 21:08

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Author: Tim O'Riordan ORCID iD
Author: David Millard ORCID iD
Author: John Schulz

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