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Pages: 9069-9074
Publication year: 2017
ISBN: 978-84-617-8491-2
ISSN: 2340-1079
doi: 10.21125/inted.2017.2148

Conference name: 11th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 6-8 March, 2017
Location: Valencia, Spain

TOWARDS AN APPROACH FOR MEASURING DIFFERENT TYPES AND INTENSITIES OF INTERACTION IN MASSIVE OPEN ONLINE COURSES (MOOCS)

In the Interaction Equivalency Theorem, Anderson (2003) proposed students likely achieve different levels of satisfaction depending on the interaction intensity inside a course (student-student, student-content, or student-teacher interaction). Although higher interaction intensity could lead to a more satisfying learning experience, this may not be as cost- or time effective as less interactive learning sequences. However, the research done so far about the Interaction Equivalency Theorem (Bernard et al., 2009; Byers, 2010; Markewitz, 2007; Miyazoe, 2009; Rhode, 2008; Rodriguez & Armellini, 2014) is not clear about the validity of this thesis statement.

We aim to define a methodological research approach, which would allow us to identify different types of interaction and its intensity inside Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), where no such research has been conducted so far.

As MOOCs are by definition massive, i.e. many people enrol in them, they provide an opportunity for exploration of hypotheses that can prove to be more challenging to research in other environments, such as the Interaction Equivalency Theorem. Furthermore, as virtually all student behaviour is recorded, measuring different types of interaction is easier and can be much more systematic, as the same approach can then be applied across myriads of online courses.

Since it is challenging to determine what can be considered a high, medium or low level of interaction, we also aim to define an approach that will allow us to do that.
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author = {Barbosa Cabral, P. and Topolovec, S. and van Staalduinen, J.P.},
title = {TOWARDS AN APPROACH FOR MEASURING DIFFERENT TYPES AND INTENSITIES OF INTERACTION IN MASSIVE OPEN ONLINE COURSES (MOOCS)},
series = {11th International Technology, Education and Development Conference},
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SN - 978-84-617-8491-2/2340-1079
DO - 10.21125/inted.2017.2148
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P. Barbosa Cabral, S. Topolovec, J.P. van Staalduinen (2017) TOWARDS AN APPROACH FOR MEASURING DIFFERENT TYPES AND INTENSITIES OF INTERACTION IN MASSIVE OPEN ONLINE COURSES (MOOCS), INTED2017 Proceedings, pp. 9069-9074.
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