With the advent of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), lecture-styled instruction is now more widely available to the masses. Improving from this impactful starting step can take many forms. This workshop will bring together respected educator/technologists to describe their research and issues with deploying computer-assisted technology to higher valued learning activities at scale.
With large student enrollment, MOOC instructors face the unique challenge in deciding when to intervene in forum discussions with their limited bandwidth. We study this problem of instructor intervention. Using a large sample of forum data culled from 61 courses, we design a binary classifier to predict whether an instructor should intervene in a discussion thread or not. By incorporating novel information about a forum's type into the classification process, we improve significantly over the previous state-of-the-art.
20 November 2014 – The TEAMMATES project, led by Dr. Damith Rajapakse, was awarded the US$8000.00 Grand Prize for the 8th Open Source Software (OSS) World Challenge 2014...