Reveal the Relationships among Students Participation and Their Outcomes on E-Learning Environments: Case Study
Abstract— Recent research has confirmed the impact of electronic media usage on student outcomes. However, little is known about the impact of measurable reading access to a forum and other resources. We have developed a tool to study this aspect through visual analysis. Results from this study showed that not only participation on electronic discussion fora, such as reading or posting, but also the reading access to the resource, can alert about the student’s performance. This came about after proving the existence of a strong influence relationship between the frequency of reading access to discussion fora and the frequency of access to posting fora, as well as between the frequency of reading access to resources and the frequency of access to posting fora in the outcome of the students. However, we have found that the union of the variables above, i.e., frequency of posts in fora, reading of discussion fora and reading of resources can be visually analyzed, thus obtaining a better visualization of the patterns of students’ performance.