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Text Mining Online Discussions in an Introductory Physics Course
written by Patrick Kelley, Andrew Gavrin, and Rebecca S. Lindell
We implemented a social networking platform called Course Networking (CN) in IUPUI's introductory calculus based mechanics course and recorded three semesters of online discussions. We used the Syuzhet package in R to evaluate sentiment in the recorded discussions, and to quantify the incidence of eight basic emotions: anger, anticipation, disgust, fear, joy, sadness, surprise, and trust. We applied this text mining method to over nine thousand posts and replies to identify and analyze student sentiment during three semesters. We also investigated the variation of these emotions throughout the semester, the role played by the most vocal students as compared to the least frequent posters, and gender differences. With an abundance of students' online discussions, text mining offers an expedient and automated means of analysis, providing a new window into students thinking and emotional state during semester-long physics courses.
Physics Education Research Conference 2017
Part of the PER Conference series
Cincinnati, OH: July 26-27, 2017
Pages 216-219
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Education - Applied Research
- Technology
Education - Basic Research
- Behavior
= Social Interaction
- Communication
= Language
= Writing
- Student Characteristics
= Affect
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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P. Kelley, A. Gavrin, and R. Lindell, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14608&DocID=4785).
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P. Kelley, A. Gavrin, and R. Lindell, Text Mining Online Discussions in an Introductory Physics Course, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14608&DocID=4785>.
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Kelley, P., Gavrin, A., & Lindell, R. (2017, July 26-27). Text Mining Online Discussions in an Introductory Physics Course. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH. Retrieved September 27, 2021, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14608&DocID=4785
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Kelley, P, A. Gavrin, and R. Lindell. "Text Mining Online Discussions in an Introductory Physics Course." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, July 26-27, 2017. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14608&DocID=4785 (accessed 27 September 2021).
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Kelley, Patrick, Andrew Gavrin, and Rebecca Lindell. "Text Mining Online Discussions in an Introductory Physics Course." Physics Education Research Conference 2017. Cincinnati, OH: 2017. 216-219 of PER Conference. 27 Sep. 2021 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14608&DocID=4785>.
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