A Multi-modal "E-Supervisor" in Distance Education

By Gang Chen, Ruimin Shen, Song Yang and Xiaoying Zhou.

Published by Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal

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Article: Print $US10.00
Published online: May 2, 2014 $US5.00

This system is especially appropriate for online learners and in classrooms where the teacher does not have visual contact. The system uses an eye detection based method and provides multi-mode feedback such as screen alerting, chair vibration, scent emitting and music playing to make participants aware whenever they are not paying attention. An evaluation shows that supervision by the E-Supervisor can improve learning and attention. Furthermore perceived usefulness is judged high by the evaluation participants, with the vibrant feedback being the preferred feedback modality.

Keywords: Distance Education, E-Supervisor, Intelligent Tutoring

Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Volume 6, Issue 1, May 2014, pp.11-24. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: May 2, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 607.956KB)).

Gang Chen

Deputy Director, Distance Education Center, Continue Education College, Shanghai JiaoTong University, Shanghai, Shanghai, China

Ruimin Shen

Dean, Continue Education College, Continue Education College, Shanghai JiaoTong University, Shanghai, Shanghai, China

Song Yang

Shanghai, Shanghai, China

Xiaoying Zhou

Shanghai JiaoTong University, Shanghai, Shanghai, China