Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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The purpose of this paper is to describe the methodology used to confront one of the challenges associated with analyzing discussion forum data from the inaugural edX MOOC, “Circuits and Electronics.” We detail the development and testing of a framework to classify large amounts of MOOC data into a manageable number of categories so that further analysis can be conducted in targeted areas of interest. We discuss challenges that arose during implementation of the framework as well as how we resolved them.