Interpretable success prediction in higher education institutions using pedagogical surveys

dc.contributor.authorLeal, Fátima
dc.contributor.authorVeloso, Bruno
dc.contributor.authorSantos-Pereira, Carla
dc.contributor.authorMoreira, Fernando
dc.contributor.authorDurão, Natércia
dc.contributor.authorJesus-Silva, Natacha
dc.date.accessioned2022-10-20T10:34:23Z
dc.date.available2022-10-20T10:34:23Z
dc.date.issued2022-10-18
dc.description.abstractThe indicators of student success at higher education institutions are continuously analysed to increase the students’ enrolment in multiple scientific areas. Every semester, the students respond to a pedagogical survey that aims to collect the student opinion of curricular units in terms of content and teaching methodologies. Using this information, we intend to anticipate the success in higher- level courses and prevent dropouts. Specifically, this paper contributes with an interpretable student classification method. The proposed solution relies on (i) a pedagogical survey to collect student’s opinions; (ii) a statistical data analysis to validate the reliability of the survey; and (iii) machine learning algorithms to classify the success of a student. In addition, the proposed method includes an explainable mechanism to interpret the classifications and their main factors. This transparent pipeline was designed to have implications in both digital and sustainable education, impacting the three pillars of sustainability, i.e.,economic, social, and environmental, where transparency is a cornerstone. The work was assessed with a dataset from a Portuguese higher-level institution, contemplating multiple courses from different departments. The most promising results were achieved with Random Forest presenting 98% in accuracy and F-measure.pt_PT
dc.identifier.citationLeal, F., Veloso, B., Santos-Pereira, C., Moreira, F., Durão, N., Jesus-Silva, N. (2022). Interpretable success prediction in higher education institutions using pedagogical surveys. Sustainability, 14, 13446, 1-18. https://doi.org/10.3390/su142013446. Repositório Institucional UPT. http://hdl.handle.net/11328/4507pt_PT
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.3390/su142013446pt_PT
dc.identifier.issn2071-1050
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11328/4507
dc.language.isoengpt_PT
dc.peerreviewedyespt_PT
dc.publisherMDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institutept_PT
dc.rightsopen accesspt_PT
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/pt_PT
dc.subjectClassificationpt_PT
dc.subjectStudent successpt_PT
dc.subjectInterpretabilitypt_PT
dc.subjectData analysispt_PT
dc.subjectHigher education institutionspt_PT
dc.subjectSustainable educationpt_PT
dc.titleInterpretable success prediction in higher education institutions using pedagogical surveyspt_PT
dc.typejournal articlept_PT
degois.publication.firstPage1pt_PT
degois.publication.lastPage18pt_PT
degois.publication.titleSustainabilitypt_PT
degois.publication.volume14pt_PT
dspace.entity.typePublicationen
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