Southeast Educational Symposium
The Southeast Educational Data Symposium (SEEDS) brings together administrators, researchers, and instructors to share how they are making use of educational data to foster student success, and to generate opportunities for ongoing collaboration in the Southeast region. Conferences are held in the Atlanta, GA area and focus on the use of data to promote teaching, learning, and student success.
2015 Southeast Educational Data Symposium
The Southeast Educational Data Symposium (SEEDS) brought together administrators, researchers, and instructors to share how they are making use of educational data to foster student success, and to generate opportunities for ongoing collaboration in the Southeast region. The day’s schedule included a morning keynote, delivered by Carolyn Rosé (Carnegie Mellon University), followed by four panel discussions and lunch-time roundtables. The all-day event was held on Friday, February 20, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM EST at the Emory Conference Center in Atlanta, GA. The event was sponsored by Emory Libraries & Information Technology, the Institute for Quantitative Theory and Methods, the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship, and the Society for Learning Analytics Research (SOLAR).
From Discourse Analytics to Design
Carolyn Penstein Rosé
Computational models of social interaction in textual form reveal layer upon layer of insight about student orientation towards one another as well as towards their experiences in the environment. These insights allow us to make sense of patterns of attrition and learning that occur in online courses and inform design of interventions to support improved outcomes. In this talk I will discuss a methodology for text mining applied to discourse in a MOOC context that allows us to estimate measures of student attitudes, motivation, cognitive engagement, and confusion. Using survival modeling techniques I will illustrate how these measures make predictions about student dropout over time, and thus how we might use these measures to identify students who are particularly vulnerable to dropout at a time point so that available human resources can be dispatched judiciously. Finally, I will describe two interventions deployed in a recent edX MOOC that were inspired by these analyses, and offer an analysis of the positive impact of these interventions in the MOOC environment.