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Pages: 4865-4871
Publication year: 2010
ISBN: 978-84-614-2439-9
ISSN: 2340-1095

Conference name: 3rd International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 15-17 November, 2010
Location: Madrid, Spain

ESTIMATING LEARNING BY ANALOGY: A CASE STUDY IN THE UAE UNIVERSITY

K. Hamdan1, N. Mittas2, L. Angelis2

1United Arab Emirates University (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES)
2Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Department of Informatics (GREECE)
This work is concerned with how to measure and, most importantly, how to predict the “amount” of learning in “problem-based” learning programs. Due to difficulties in dealing quantitatively with educational aspects like learning, which are rather abstract when it comes to measuring, this is not a typical problem which can be dealt with easily traditional statistical analysis. The ordinal nature of data collected from surveys requires suitable estimation methods. In this paper we use a method called “estimation by analogy” (EbA), known from its application to software engineering problems, for estimating the amount of learning in a class which is based on historical data containing information from previous learning measurements. The approach is simple since it does not require any mathematical background and assumptions; it is intuitively appealing since it is based on the idea of “finding the most similar cases” and, most importantly, it gives very good results. The method is applied on a dataset from 56 Math/IT classes collected at the end of the fall 2005 from the enrolment of UGRU, United Arab Emirates University.
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author = {Hamdan, K. and Mittas, N. and Angelis, L.},
title = {ESTIMATING LEARNING BY ANALOGY: A CASE STUDY IN THE UAE UNIVERSITY},
series = {3rd International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation},
booktitle = {ICERI2010 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-614-2439-9},
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month = {15-17 November, 2010},
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K. Hamdan, N. Mittas, L. Angelis (2010) ESTIMATING LEARNING BY ANALOGY: A CASE STUDY IN THE UAE UNIVERSITY, ICERI2010 Proceedings, pp. 4865-4871.
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