Student Performance on an E-Learning Platform: Mixed Method Approach

Rakic, Slavko and Tasic, Nemanja and Marjanovic, Ugljesa and Softic, Selver and Lüftenegger, Egon and Turcin, Ioan (2020) Student Performance on an E-Learning Platform: Mixed Method Approach. International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning (iJET), 15 (02). pp. 187-203.

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E-learning is considered a leading application of digital technologies in educational systems. The aim of the paper is to explore the utilization and impact of digital technologies on an e-learning platform. For this purpose, research was conducted at the Moodle learning management system. Data from the e-learning platform were empirically evaluated in order to find key indicators of student performance in different courses. Student success with the e-learning system was evaluated using a mixed-method: Social Network Analysis, K-Means Clustering, and Multiple Linear Regression. The research was conducted at the University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Technical Sciences, Serbia. The results indicate a significant relationship between the performance of students and the use of digital educational resources from the e-learning platform.

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Additional Information: This study considered three research questions:RQ1: What is the relationship between student success and use of resources on the e-learning platform in different courses?RQ2: How much is centrality in a network in correlation with student success?RQ3: Do students with similar performance form the same cluster?Forty two students from two courses were included in the study. Although not explicitly stated in the article, the courses appeared to be primarily classroom offerings with the Moodle platform used to provide static resources. Student clusters were plotted as a graph of final grade vs. views of content. In addition to queries directly to students about their ties to other students, the researchers constructed a network based on student usage of the same resources within Moodle. The study found a positive correlation between the centrality of the student within the peer network and success in learning (as measured by the final grade in the course).
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social Network Analysis, E-learning, Moodle Learning Management System, student performance.
Subjects: Educational technology > Learning analytics
Education (General) > Higher education
Depositing User: Elizabeth Dalton
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2020 00:06
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2020 00:06

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