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Learning Analytics in CSCL with a Focus on Assessment: An Exploratory Study of Activity Theory-Informed Cluster Analysis

Publication Type:

Conference Proceedings


Learning Analytics, ACM, Indianapolis, IN (2014)


In this paper we propose an automated strategy assessing participation in a multi-mode math discourse environment called Virtual Math Teams with Geogrebra (VMTwG). A holistic participation clustering algorithm is presented based on activity theory. Our activity theory-informed algorithm is a first step in accelerating heuristic approaches to assessing collaborative work in technology mediated environments like VMTwG. Exploratory findings provide an example of a novel, time-efficient, valid, and reliable participatory learning assessment tool for teachers in computer mediated learning environments.