This project aims at mining the huge amount of electronic data collected by educational systems to discover useful information for teachers, learners and education researchers. Education being a novel application domain for Data Mining, a large part of this project is focused on creating or adapting suitable mining algorithms.
Web-based educational systems collect tremendous amount of electronic data, ranging from simple histories of students' interactions with the system to detailed traces about their reasoning. However, less attention has been given to handling the large quantities of data collected from the students' interactions and extracting pedagogically useful information from it. Such systems give teachers and learning researchers access to an extensive source of electronic data about students' learning, data which is currently under-exploited. Data mining techniques have the potential to remedy this situation.
Data mining encompasses a range of techniques and algorithms for discovering interesting patterns hidden in large data sets such as association rules, classification, cluster analysis as well as statistical analysis and database query.
In this project, the goals are:
The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is 508