The next session of the Learning Analytics & Education Data Science (LA-EDS) Research Group will have two presentations showcasing some of the great work students are doing.
MOOC-o-Bot: Extending MOOC support via conversational agents
Presented by Ameesha Mittal
The major problem that we aim to tackle is the lack of spontaneous one-to-one interactions between the tutors and the students on MOOCs. The large amount of questions posted on discussion forums makes it hard for the instructors to keep track of all activity, engagement and doubts presented by the students. At the same time, students often feel the absence of instructors to solve their queries instantly. We aim to develop a system relying on conversational technology to serve as ‘teaching support’ for instructors or as an ‘automated teaching assistant’ capable of reducing student doubt related to any MOOC domain content.
In this talk, we will present and discuss a novel hybrid model that combines rule-based and information retrieval-based approaches for dialog systems.
The presentation will look at the pros and cons of creating a conversation agent as well as proposing how an efficient system could be built using conversational technology in MOOCs.
Innovative Education in Personalised Medicine: Analysis of engagement in a Massive Open Online Course
Presented by Eesha Bhargava, with work carried out in conjunction with Orin Chisholm and Caroline Ford
Personalised medicine (PM) is an evolving field where physicians use diagnostic tests to identify specific biological markers to help determine the best diagnosis, treatment and management regimes for their patients. However, the healthcare system has been slow to integrate personalised medicine into clinical practice. The lack of education and awareness among physicians, patients and the wider public is one of the biggest challenges in the development of PM in the clinical space.
In this talk, we will present and discuss how MOOCs can serve as an effective tool to provide knowledge and ongoing support to key stakeholders of PM.
We hypothesize that motivational differences affect levels of engagement between users who study the same course and pedagogy based on connectivist principles and how this can stimulate meaningful engagement. We will present our results from the first MOOC delivered on the Coursera platform called “Myths and Realities of Personalised Medicine: The Genetic Revolution” and applied a mixed-methods analysis to further understand participants’ engagement and satisfaction to inform future online educational initiatives.