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Early Student-at-Risk Detection by Current Learning Performance and Learning Behavior Indicators


The article is focused on the problem of early prediction of students’ learning failures with the purpose of their possible prevention by timely introducing supportive measures. We propose an approach to designing a predictive model for an academic course or module taught in a blended learning format. We introduce certain requirements to predictive models concerning their applicability to the educational process such as interpretability, actionability, and adaptability to a course design. We test three types of classifiers meeting these requirements and choose the one that provides best performance starting from the early stages of the semester, and therefore provides various opportunities to timely support at-risk students. Our empirical studies confirm that the proposed approach is promising for the development of an early warning system in a higher education institution. Such systems can positively influence student retention rates and enhance learning and teaching experience for a long term.

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