[DANCE] Talk by Amy Ogan and Jessica Hammer on October 15

Oliver Ferschke ferschke at cs.cmu.edu
Thu Oct 8 12:43:37 EDT 2015

Dear DANCE partners,
we would like to invite you all to the upcoming DANCE talk on Thursday, October 15 at 11.00 EDT.
Jessica Hammer and Amy Ogan from Carnegie Mellon University are going to talk about "Avenues for underrepresented learners in MOOCs: Understanding prevalence, geographic representation, and homophily in MOOC-associated Facebook groups.”
As usual, you can find more information about the speaker and his talk on the DANCE website under

In November, Pierre Dillenbourg from the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) will be our guest speaker.
In his talk on November 5, he is going to talk about Orchestration Graphs, the topic of his latest book with the same title.

In other news, our infrastructure project DiscourseDB is rapidly developing. The project has a new landing page [1] and improved developer documentation.
Besides being able to accomodate edX forum data, DiscourseDB can now also represent activities in ProSolo [2] such as wall and blog posts. Going forward, more content will be integrated such as twitter, bazaar, facebook, ProSolo goal notes and others. DiscourseDB will then allow researchers to take advantages of its capabilities for data fusion, abstraction and contextualization to enable analyses that bridge data from multiple sources and provide a birds eye view of the learning-relevant activities around a MOOC.

One goal of the DANCE initiative is to aggregate research in the MOOC/CSCL space related to discussion affordances and make it available as a resource to the community. To this end, we have set up a Google Scholar account [3] that gives you a comprehensive overview of the available literature. Thanks to Jessica Hammer and Amy Ogan for sharing their MOOC bibliography with us which contributed significantly to the breadth of DANCE Scholar. If you would like to submit a publication to be listed in DANCE scholar, you can submit the reference on the DANCE website.

We hope to see many of you on Thursday at the DANCE talk and welcome everyone of you to participate in the discussions in our Google group on https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/dancecollab

All the best,
Oliver and Carolyn

[1] http://discoursedb.github.io
[2] http://dalmooc.prosolo.ca/prosolo/about.xhtml
[3] https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=jNe-2SQAAAAJ&hl=en

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