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April 2017

Discourse: MOOC Discussion Forum Analysis at Scale

Alexander Kindel, Justin Reich, Michael Yeomans, Brandon Stewart


We present Discourse, a tool for coding and annotating MOOC discussion forum data. Despite the centrality of discussion forums to learning in online courses, few tools are available for analyzing these discussions in a context-aware way. Discourse scaffolds the process of coding forum data by enabling multiple coders to work with large amounts of forum data. Our demonstration will enable attendees to experience, explore, and critique key features of the app.


Kindel, A.*, Yeomans, M.*, Reich, J., Stewart, B., & Tingley, D. (2017) Discourse: MOOC Discussion Forum Analysis at Scale. Proceedings of the 2017 Learning @ Scale Conference, Cambridge, MA.

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