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Web Intelligence, IEEE / WIC / ACM International Conference on (2005)
Compi?gne University of Technology, France
Sept. 19, 2005 to Sept. 22, 2005
ISBN: 0-7695-2415-X
pp: 243-249
Joan Marc Carbó , Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
Enric Mor , Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
Julià Minguillón , Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
In this paper we describe the navigational behavior of the students of a e-learning virtual environment, in order to determine whether such navigational patterns are related to the academic performance achieved by the students or not, and which behaviors can be identified as more successful. As an example, a subset of students taking a degree in Computer Science in a completely virtual online university are selected as the matter of study. Three levels of analysis are described: a session level, where students perform a few actions in a single session logged to the virtual campus; a course level, where all single sessions are joined to form a course navigational pattern; and a life-long learning level, where students enroll in several subjects each academic semester. A simple experiment is outlined for the course level to demonstrate the possibilities of such analysis in a virtual e-learning environment. This experiment shows that the information collected in this level is useful for understanding user behavior and the relationship with his or her academic achievements, and that some intuitive ideas about the relevance of specific user actions or particularities can be also better explained.

E. Mor, J. Minguillón and J. M. Carbó, "User Navigational Behavior in e-Learning Virtual Environments," Proceedings. The 2005 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Web Intelligence(WI), Compiegne, France, 2005, pp. 243-249.
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