This article discusses the thematic analysis feature, including how to view top discussion themes, filter to an individual theme, and determine how many posts are attributed to each theme.
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What is the thematic analysis feature?
Thematic analysis is a method of analyzing and interpreting qualitative data, such as text, to determine common themes or patterns. For Udemy Business Leadership Academy (UBLA), thematic analysis is used to determine themes from course discussion posts.
Leveraging generative AI, the UBLA thematic analysis feature generates two to seven discussion themes within individual course discussion activities based on the content of posts and replies. Those themes are then displayed within each course discussion activity and can be selected to filter posts attributed to a particular theme.
How it works
After a minimum of 10 total posts and/or replies are shared, our thematic analysis analyzes the posts and generates two to seven themes based on the content of the posts, with each post being attributed to a single theme. After completion, themes are displayed above the existing discussion posts within the course activity
Note: themes do not appear until the page is refreshed. Each theme button includes the theme label as well as the number of posts/replies attributed to that theme.
To view posts/replies attributed to an individual theme, simply click on the desired theme’s button. Once clicked, you will see a filtered view of posts attributed to the selected theme.
Note: When a post/reply in the selected theme is part of a discussion thread containing posts/replies attributed to other themes, the posts attributed to other themes are faded. View the full thread by clicking, “View All _ Replies”.
- A minimum of 10 total analyzable posts and replies combined must be shared for thematic analysis to run.
- Only English posts are analyzed currently.
- All posts that do not fit into a theme (for example, non-English posts, posts from non-cohort members such as a Moderator or Sponsor) are placed into an ‘Other’ category.
- Themes are updated until seven days after a course has ended, at which point the final themes remain on each discussion page. Any posts shared after this period will be labeled Other.
- Self-paced courses with discussion activities do not have tbe thematic analysis feature available.
- Only course discussions are analyzed; Ping, Community of Practice, and breakout group general discussions are not currently analyzed.
- Currently, themes are refreshed after each post or reply is saved.