Toward Social Media Content Recommendation Integrated with Data Science and Machine Learning Approach for E-Learners

Zeinab Shahbazi, Yung Cheol Byun
2020 Symmetry  
Electronic Learning (e-learning) has made a great success and recently been estimated as a billion-dollar industry. The users of e-learning acquire knowledge of diversified content available in an application using innovative means. There is much e-learning software available—for example, LMS (Learning Management System) and Moodle. The functionalities of this software were reviewed and we recognized that learners have particular problems in getting relevant recommendations. For example, there
more » ... ight be essential discussions about a particular topic on social networks, such as Twitter, but that discussion is not linked up and recommended to the learners for getting the latest updates on technology-updated news related to their learning context. This has been set as the focus of the current project based on symmetry between user project specification. The developed project recommends relevant symmetric articles to e-learners from the social network of Twitter and the academic platform of DBLP. For recommendations, a Reinforcement learning model with optimization is employed, which utilizes the learners' local context, learners' profile available in the e-learning system, and the learners' historical views. The recommendations by the system are relevant tweets, popular relevant Twitter users, and research papers from DBLP. For matching the local context, profile, and history with the tweet text, we recognized that terms in the e-learning system need to be expanded to cover a wide range of concepts. However, this diversification should not include such terms which are irrelevant. To expand terms of the local context, profile and history, the software used the dataset of Grow-bag, which builds concept graphs of large-scale Computer Science topics based on the co-occurrence scores of Computer Science terms. This application demonstrated the need and success of e-learning software that is linked with social media and sends recommendations for the content being learned by the e-Learners in the e-learning environment. However, the current application only focuses on the Computer Science domain. There is a need for generalizing such applications to other domains in the future.
doi:10.3390/sym12111798 fatcat:wfgccritmjgn7lopmy7yz7dxna