Modelling student engagement using discussion forum data


Elaine Farrow


This project aims to develop, validate, and refine models of student engagement using text data from class discussion forums, employing methods from natural language processing and machine learning.

Initial work will look at predictive classifiers for 'cognitive presence', a measure of engagement that forms part of the Community of Inquiry framework (Garrison et al., 2000). Both supervised and unsupervised methods will be investigated.

I hope to identify features in discussion forum content which will allow student engagement to be assessed automatically while a course is still in progress, enabling instructors to intervene in a timely manner.

Supervisors: Johanna Moore & Dragan Gasevic