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Motivational Social Visualizations for Personalized E-Learning

Hsiao, I-Han and Brusilovsky, Peter (2012) Motivational Social Visualizations for Personalized E-Learning. In: 21st Century Learning for 21st Century Skills. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 7563 . Springer, Berlin, 153 - 165. ISBN UNSPECIFIED

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A large number of educational resources is now available on the Web to support both regular classroom learning and online learning. However, the abundance of available content produces at least two problems: how to help students find the most appropriate resources, and how to engage them into using these resources and benefiting from them. Personalized and social learning have been suggested as potential methods for addressing these problems. Our work presented in this paper attempts to combine the ideas of personalized and social learning. We introduce Progressor + , an innovative Web-based interface that helps students find the most relevant resources in a large collection of self-assessment questions and programming examples. We also present the results of a classroom study of the Progressor +  in an undergraduate class. The data revealed the motivational impact of the personalized social guidance provided by the system in the target context. The interface encouraged students to explore more educational resources and motivated them to do some work ahead of the course schedule. The increase in diversity of explored content resulted in improving students’ problem solving success. A deeper analysis of the social guidance mechanism revealed that it is based on the leading behavior of the strong students, who discovered the most relevant resources and created trails for weaker students to follow. The study results also demonstrate that students were more engaged with the system: they spent more time in working with self-assessment questions and annotated examples, attempted more questions, and achieved higher success rates in answering them.


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Item Type: Book Section
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Hsiao, I-Han
Brusilovsky, Peterpeterb@pitt.eduPETERB0000-0002-1902-1464
Date: 2012
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Series Name: Lecture Notes in Computer Science
Volume: 7563
Publisher: Springer
Place of Publication: Berlin
Page Range: 153 - 165
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1007/978-3-642-33263-0_13
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Information Science
Refereed: Yes
Title of Book: 21st Century Learning for 21st Century Skills
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Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2013 15:02
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2017 12:57


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