Paper: Understanding MOOC Discussion Forums using Seeded LDA

ACL ID W14-1804
Title Understanding MOOC Discussion Forums using Seeded LDA
Venue Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational Applications
Session
Year 2014
Authors

Discussion forums serve as a platform for student discussions in massive open online courses (MOOCs). Analyzing content in these forums can uncover useful informa- tion for improving student retention and help in initiating instructor intervention. In this work, we explore the use of topic models, particularly seeded topic models toward this goal. We demonstrate that fea- tures derived from topic analysis help in predicting student survival.