AI, Please Help Me Choose a Course: Building a Personalized Hybrid Course Recommendation System to Assist Students in Choosing Courses Adaptively

Hui-Tzu Chang, Chia-Yu Lin*, Wei-Bin Jheng, Shih-Hsu Chen, Hsien-Hua Wu, Fang-Ching Tseng, Li Chun Wang

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Abstract

The objective of this research is based on human-centered AI in education to develop a personalized hybrid course recommendation system (PHCRS) to assist students with course selection decisions from different departments. The system integrates three recommendation methods, item-based, user-based and content-based filtering, and then optimizes the weights of the parameters by using a genetic algorithm to enhance the prediction accuracy. First, we collect the course syllabi and tag each course from twelve departments for the academic years of 2015 to 2020. Next, we use the course tags, student course selection records and grades to train the recommendation model. To evaluate the prediction accuracy, we conduct an experiment on 1490 different courses selected by 5662 students from the twelve departments and then use the root-mean-squared error and the normalized discounted cumulative gain. The results show that the influence of item-based filtering on the course recommendation results is higher than that of user and content-based filtering, and the genetic algorithm can find the optimal solution and the corresponding parameter settings. We also invite 61 undergraduate students to test our system, complete a questionnaire and provide their grades. Overall, 83.60% of students are more interested in courses at the top of the recommendation lists. The students are more autonomously motivated rather than holding extrinsic informational motivation across the hybrid recommendation method.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-217
Number of pages15
JournalEducational Technology and Society
Volume26
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023

Keywords

  • Ai course recommendation system
  • Human-centered ai in education
  • Learning aids in systems

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'AI, Please Help Me Choose a Course: Building a Personalized Hybrid Course Recommendation System to Assist Students in Choosing Courses Adaptively'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this