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Du, Hanxiang; Xing, Wanli – Distance Education, 2023
Online discussion forums are highly valued by instructors due to their affordance for understanding class activities and learning. However, a discussion forum with a great number of posts requires a large amount of time to view, and help requests are easily overlooked. Various machine-learning--based tools have been developed to help instructors…
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Discussion Groups, Classification, Identification
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Li, Chenglu; Xing, Wanli; Leite, Walter L. – Distance Education, 2022
Help-seeking is a valuable practice in online discussion forums. However, the asynchronicity and information overload of online discussion forums have made it challenging for help seekers and providers to connect effectively. This study formulated a new method to provide fair and accurate insights toward building a peer recommender to support…
Descriptors: Peer Relationship, Help Seeking, Electronic Learning, Distance Education
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Xing, Wanli – Distance Education, 2022
There are theoretical arguments and empirical studies to support the benefits of early participation in an online course. However, little research has been conducted to investigate the relationship between students' early start in online learning and their course performance, which limits its application to online education research and practice.…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Correlation, Grades (Scholastic), Access to Education
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Xing, Wanli – Distance Education, 2019
Massive open online courses (MOOCs) face persistent challenges related to student performance, including high rates of attrition and low student achievement scores. Previous studies that have examined the performance of students in MOOCs have done so using qualitative analysis and the quantitative analysis of small samples. This study is the first…
Descriptors: Large Group Instruction, Online Courses, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Tang, Hengtao; Xing, Wanli; Pei, Bo – Distance Education, 2018
Discussion forums are increasingly central to massive open online courses (MOOCs), and it is vital for learners to participate in associated forum activities. Active forum participation positively relates to learner achievement in that more posts yield better learner performance. However, this numerically aggregated measure overlooks the fact that…
Descriptors: Group Discussion, Computer Mediated Communication, Online Courses, Educational Technology