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- off-task activity
- gaming the system
- avoiding help when they needed it
- not asking for help because they didn't need it
I'd be very interested in hearing more about the model development step, and how the researchers constructed meaning from a pattern of clicks.
There are two observations that I took away from the presentation.
1) Model-building is inherently value-laden. Baker alluded to this a bit when he mentioned that learner behaviors that were observed in one of his modelling tests were vastly different in the Phillipines as compared to the United States. Learner behaviors are conditioned by culture and situated in a culture. As educators, we too are the product of our culture and cannot avoid building our assumptions into every tool and system that we develop. Since these data models are used to classify learners, model builders need to approach their task with the utmost humility and care.
2) The educational data mining approach seems to be an example of behaviorism. There was much discussion about the observable behaviors of the learners but not much about the learners' internal thoughts and feelings. Baker did allude a bit to thoughts and feelings of U.S. and Phillipines students when they interacted with his Scooter software. For me, that was the most interesting part of the presentation.