The process showed me that out of the 300 comments I analysed 248 were positive and 25 were negative, which can be interpreted to say the majority of comments on course reflections were positive.
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However, as a researcher when analysing qualitative data, I do love to 'see' all of my data. I want to read the comments and get the minute details that may be 'lost' otherwise. But when the amount of data to be analysed is huge, for example data from a MOOC with many thousands of participants, these software tools provide an invaluable help.
My colleagues and I are doing a comparative analysis of our two runs of the Begin Programming MOOC. Now that I have taken my first steps into using RapidMiner may be I could use it as a tool to support us in our exploration. Now it is time for a hot chocolate....!