Date: 10th December 2014
Authors: Bart Rienties and Bethany Alden Rivers
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. http://www.laceproject.eu/learning-analytics-review/measuring-and-understanding-learner-emotions/
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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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