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Using language technologies for monitoring conceptual development

Wild, Fridolin; Haley, Debra and Buelow, Katja (2010). Using language technologies for monitoring conceptual development. In: Konvens, 6-8 Sept 2010, Saarbrucken, Germany.

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Abstract

This paper describes and evaluates CONSPECT (from concept inspection), an application that analyses states in a learner’s conceptual development. It was designed to help online learners and their tutors monitor conceptual development and also to help reduce the workload of tutors monitoring a learner’s conceptual development.

CONSPECT combines two technologies – Latent Semantic Analysis (LSA) and Network Analysis (NA)into a technique called Meaningful Interaction Analysis (MIA). LSA analyses the meaning in the textual digital traces left behind by learners in their learning journey; NA provides the analytic instrument to investigate (visually) the semantic structures identified by LSA.

This paper describes the validation activities undertaken to show how well LSA matches first year medical students in 1) grouping similar concepts and 2) annotating text.

Item Type: Conference Item
Copyright Holders: 2010 Not known
Academic Unit/Department: Knowledge Media Institute
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Item ID: 25953
Depositing User: Debra Haley
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2011 10:42
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2012 16:14
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/25953
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