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Educational Research and Methods
Title: Work In Progress – An Analysis of Students’ Physiological Activities ranging from Brainwave to Heart Rate Data when Participating in Different Learning Activities
- Existing research has demonstrated the improvement in effectiveness of learning when specific teaching methods, for example, active learning activities are used comparing with traditional passive instruction. These comparisons were usually based on measures in test scores . With increasing accessibility of electroencephalography (EEG) devices, brainwave data has also been used as a means of analyzing students’ engagement during different types of learning activities  and determining the relationship between brain activities and test performance in small groups .
- This study aims to collect and analyze students’ real time brainwave data along with other physiological data while students participate in several varied learning activities, in order to better understand factors affecting students’ engagement and performance. Heart rate, heart rate variability, body temperature and skin conductivity data will be collected, in addition to EEG data.
- An off-the-shelf EEG headset will be used to collect brainwave data, specifically Alpha and Beta waves, which are related to concentration and arousal in learning activities as demonstrated in previous research . This test will be conducted on five first year engineering students during lecture sessions in which traditional lecturing is used, during lectures when active learning activities are deployed, during class demonstrations, as well as during hands-on activities. Participants will be selected randomly and given the opportunity to participate in this study. Surveys will be distributed before the study to collect the information on each students’ preferred working and learning styles, as well as some demographic data.
- This study will provide baseline data that will be used in developing requirements for the design of a low-cost EEG and physiological data collection device to be deployed to a sample of approximately 30 students in a large lecture environment. Our goal is to develop a tool to provide more immediate feedback on the effectiveness of various teaching styles.
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Liu, X. C., & Delaviz, Y., & Ramsay, S. D. (2020, June), An Analysis of Students’ Brain Activity when Participating in Different Learning Activities Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34105
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