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Application of reflective journals to assess self-directed learning in a blended learning setting: a case study in Hong Kong

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posted on 2020-01-01, 00:00 authored by Kris LawKris Law, Li Ting Tang
This paper presents the case study of a blended learning subject offered to a group of engineering students, in which a reflective journal was adopted as part of the assessment. It also presents an innovative attempt to explore the relationship between the reflections of students and their performance in the subject. The feedbacks from students were collected and analysed using text-mining techniques, and a machine-learning algorithm was used to identify the association between the reflective feedback text and the corresponding final grades of the students. The supervised machine-learning algorithm produces an inferred function from the training data so as to make predictions about the output values of the testing data. The results prove that reflective journals can be a valuable means of assessing student learning in a blended learning environment, and also offers a good reference for educators to have a better understanding regarding the performance of students.

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Journal

International Journal of Innovation and Learning

Volume

27

Issue

2

Pagination

121 - 134

Publisher

Inderscience Publishers

Location

Olney, Eng.

ISSN

1471-8197

eISSN

1741-8089

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article; C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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