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Who wants to chat on a MOOC? Lessons from a peer recommender system

TitleWho wants to chat on a MOOC? Lessons from a peer recommender system
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsBouchet, F., Labarthe H., Bachelet R., & Yacef K.
EditorsKloos, C. D., Jermann P., Pérez-Sanagustín M., Seaton D. T., & White S.
PublisherDigital Education: Out to the World and Back to the Campus
Series TitleLecture Notes in Computer Science
Date Published05/2017
Secondary PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Place PublishedMadrid, Spain
Type of Work5th European MOOCs Stakeholders Summit, EMOOCs 2017, Madrid, Spain, May 22-26, 2017
ISBN Number978-3-319-59044-8
Keywordspeer recommender system, social learning, synchronous chat, synchronous collaboration in MOOC

Peer recommender systems (PRS) in MOOCs have been shown to help reducing attrition and increase performance of those who use them. But who are the students using them and what are their motivations? And why are some students reluctant to use them? To answer these questions, we present a study where we implemented a chat-based PRS that has been used during a MOOC session involving 6,170 students. Our analyses indicate that PRS-users are students unsatisfied by other means of interactions already available (forums, social networksłdots}), and that they seem to use it more to share emotions than to learn together, or to assess their progression against their peers.


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