Eliciting Motivation Knowledge from Log Files Towards Motivation Diagnosis for Adaptive Systems

  • Mihaela Cocea
  • Stephan Weibelzahl
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4511)


Motivation is well-known for its importance in learning and its influence on cognitive processes. Adaptive systems would greatly benefit from having a user model of the learner’s motivation, especially if integrated with information about knowledge. In this paper a log file analysis for eliciting motivation knowledge is presented, as a first step towards a user model for motivation. Several data mining techniques are used in order to find the best method and the best indicators for disengagement prediction. Results show a very good level of prediction: around 87% correctly predicted instances of all three levels of engagement and 93% correctly predicted instances of disengagement. Data sets with reduced attribute sets show similar results, indicating that engagement level can be predicted from information like reading pages and taking tests, which are common to most e-Learning systems.


e-Learning motivation log files analysis data mining adaptive systems user modeling 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mihaela Cocea
    • 1
  • Stephan Weibelzahl
    • 1
  1. 1.National College of Ireland, School of Informatics, Mayor Street 1, Dublin 1Ireland

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