Educational Technology

April 30, 2016

Tracking student emotions ‘could improve online retention’

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:35 am

By Chris Havergal, Times Higher Education

Monitoring the emotions of students during online learning could help to improve retention and course design, researchers believe. Academics at the Open University are developing tools to analyse learners’ emotional responses to online programmes, using either self-reporting or automated technologies. These could include using webcams to monitor engagement and emotions via students’ facial expressions or eye movements. But Bart Rienties, reader in learning analytics at the OU, told Times Higher Education that students would need to be convinced that the educational benefits of monitoring emotions outweighed the potential loss of privacy.

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