An emotion-based model for improving students' engagement using agent-based social simulator

Latha Subramainan, Moamin A. Mahmoud, Mohd Sharifuddin Ahmad, Mohd Zaliman Mohd Yusoff

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Students' emotional engagement in classrooms has always been regarded as a crucial factor influencing educational outcomes. Emotionally engaged students are highly motivated to attend classes and participate actively in discussions. Conversely, emotionally disengaged students are habitual truants and/or often misbehave in classrooms. It is time-consuming to conduct research using traditional methods such as data collection or questionnaire. Furthermore, as these experiments are conducted on humans, limited settings can be organized and difficult to control/monitor. Therefore, in this paper, we present our work-in-progress to address the problem. We propose a conceptual emotion-based model that is animated by an agent-based social simulator. We also propose an algorithmic approach that decides whether to maintain or update a proposed action plan for improving students' engagement in a classroom. The rudimentary theory of this proposal is based on three main elements: the engagement level of students, the emotional state of a lecturer and the emotional state of students in a classroom.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)952-958
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal on Advanced Science, Engineering and Information Technology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Engineering(all)

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