Resource Access Patterns in Exam Preparation Activities

  • Sabrina ZiebarthEmail author
  • Irene-Angelica Chounta
  • H. Ulrich Hoppe
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9307)


In this paper we investigate patterns of resource usage for exam preparation based on a resource intensive blended learning course. To this end, we analyzed a blended learning, online course facilitated by Moodle. During the course, the students had to work individually and in teams. Furthermore, they were given access to a broad spectrum of learning resources such as videos, slides, wiki articles and quizzes. The logfiles obtained from Moodle were further processed and analyzed. Our analysis approach is based on association rule as well as sequential pattern mining. The results indicate that students’ activity with respect to resource usage follows common patterns during exam preparation either on the individual or the group level. These patterns also relate to the performance of students and to reflect their prior collaborative experience.


Small private online courses Moodle Exam preparation Sequential pattern mining Association rule mining 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sabrina Ziebarth
    • 1
    Email author
  • Irene-Angelica Chounta
    • 1
  • H. Ulrich Hoppe
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Duisburg-EssenEssenGermany

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