Exploring the impact of a learning dashboard on student affect

Kasia Muldner, Michael Wixon, Dovan Rai, Winslow Burleson, Beverly Woolf, Ivon Arroyo

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Research highlights that many students experience negative emotions during learning activities, and these can have a detrimental impact on behaviors and outcomes. Here, we investigate the impact of a particular kind of affective intervention, namely a learning dashboard, on two deactivating emotions: boredom and lack of excitement. The data comes from a study we conducted with over 200 middle school students interacting with an intelligent tutor that provided varying levels of support to encourage dashboard use. We analyze the data using a range of techniques to show that the learning dashboard is associated with reduced deactivating emotions, but that its utility also depends on the way its use is promoted and on students’ gender.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationArtificial Intelligence in Education - 17th International Conference, AIED 2015, Proceedings
EditorsCristina Conati, Neil Heffernan, Antonija Mitrovic, M. Felisa Verdejo
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9783319197722
StatePublished - 2015
Event17th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education, AIED 2015 - Madrid, Spain
Duration: Jun 22 2015Jun 26 2015

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other17th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education, AIED 2015


  • Affect
  • Intelligent tutoring system
  • Learning dashboard

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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