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ERIC Number: EJ1135928
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Feb
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1492-3831
A Computational Method for Enabling Teaching-Learning Process in Huge Online Courses and Communities
Mora, Higinio; Ferrández, Antonio; Gil, David; Peral, Jesús
International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, v18 n1 p225-246 Feb 2017
Massive Open Online Courses and e-learning represent the future of the teaching-learning processes through the development of Information and Communication Technologies. They are the response to the new education needs of society. However, this future also presents many challenges such as the processing of online forums when a huge number of messages are generated. These forums provide an excellent platform for learning and connecting students of the subject, but the difficulties in following and searching the vast volume of information that they generate may produce the opposite effect. In this paper, we propose a computational method for enabling the educational process in huge online learning communities. This method analyzes the forum information through Natural Language Processing techniques and extract the main topics discussed. The results generated improves the management of the forums, increases the effectiveness of the teachers' explanations and reduces the time spent by students to follow the course. The proposal has been complemented with a real case study that shows promising results.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Spain
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