Review 1: Measuring and Understanding Learner Emotions: Evidence and Prospects

Date: 10th December 2014

Authors: Bart Rienties and Bethany Alden Rivers

Link: Review 1: Measuring and Understanding Learner Emotions: Evidence and Prospects.pdf

Citation: Rienties, B. and Rivers, B.A., Measuring and Understanding Learner Emotions: Evidence and Prospects, Learning Analytics Review, no. 1, December 2014, ISSN: 2057-7494.

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Emotions play a critical role in the learning and teaching process because they impact on learners’ motivation, self-regulation and academic achievement. In this literature review of over 100 studies, we identify many different emotions that may have a positive, negative or neutral impact on learners’ attitudes, behaviour and cognition. We explore seven data gathering approaches to measure and understand emotions. With increased affordances of technologies to continuously measure emotions (e.g. facial and voice expressions with tablets and smart phones), in the near future it might become feasible to monitor learners’ emotions on a real-time basis.

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About Bart Rienties

Dr. Bart Rienties is Reader in Learning Analytics at the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University UK. He is programme director Learning Analytics within IET and Chair of Student Experience Project Intervention and Evaluation group, which focusses on evidence-based research on intervention of 15 modules to enhance student experience. As educational psychologist, he conducts multi-disciplinary research on work-based and collaborative learning environments and focuses on the role of social interaction in learning, which is published in leading academic journals and books.

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