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Automated Evaluation of Students’ Performance by Analyzing Online Messages

Automated Evaluation of Students’ Performance by Analyzing Online Messages
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Author(s): Xin Cheng (New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA) and Yi-Fang Brook Wu (New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA)
Copyright: 2004
Pages: 4
Source title: Innovations Through Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-261-9.ch017
ISBN13: 9781616921255
EISBN13: 9781466665347


Students participate in a virtual classroom and interact with the instructor and other students largely by composing text messages and replying to others. We propose measurements derived from natural language processing techniques to evaluate these text messages. Students’ performance is evaluated from three perspectives: knowledge they learn from, effort they devote to, and their participation activeness in the class; three measures - keyword density, message length, and message count, are derived for each evaluation aspect respectively. An overall performance indicator is computed from the three measures. The experiment shows that there is a high correlation between the performance indicator scores and the actual grades. The rank order of students by the performance indicator score and that by the actual grades are highly correlated as well.

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