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New Technology of Library and Information Service  2012, Vol. 28 Issue (4): 10-16    DOI: 10.11925/infotech.1003-3513.2012.04.02
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An Online Tutoring System Mining Discussion Logs to Stimulate Students Thinking
Li Jia1,2,3, Zhang Pengzhu2, Li Xinmiao4, Jihie Kim5
1. School of Business, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai 200237, China;
2. Antai College of Economics & Management, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai 200052, China;
3. Chinese Aeronautical Radio Electronics Research Institute, Shanghai 200233, China;
4. School of Information Management and Engineering, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, Shanghai 200433, China;
5. Information Sciences Institute, University of Southern California, Marina del Rey, CA 90292, USA
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Abstract  In order to stimulate student thinking and reduce service response time, the authors propose an online recommendation method that mines relevant information from discussion logs. The proposed method consists of six steps, namely technique term hierarchical tree building, task term extraction, document segmentation, feature extraction, topic identification, and document score calculation. Two experiments are designed to evaluate the proposed system. In the first experiment, three different document recommendation algorithms (i.e., TF-IDF, TF-IDF + topic filtering, TF-IDF + LSA + topic filtering) are compared, and the TF-IDF + topic filtering algorithm gets the best performance. In the second experiment, the proposed system is applied to one semester of online discussion, and the proposed system leads to better discussion participation as well as a higher level of perceived usefulness and ease of use. The results indicate that moderated relevant discussion record can be mined automatically, and providing such information can stimulate student's thinking and discussion.
Key wordsDiscussion log      Recommendation systems      Thinking stimulation      Online tutoring systems      E-learning     
Received: 29 February 2012      Published: 20 May 2012



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Li Jia, Zhang Pengzhu, Li Xinmiao, Jihie Kim. An Online Tutoring System Mining Discussion Logs to Stimulate Students Thinking. New Technology of Library and Information Service, 2012, 28(4): 10-16.

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