Boosting Learning: Non-intrusive Monitoring of Student’s Efficiency

  • Sérgio Gonçalves
  • Manuel Rodrigues
  • Davide Carneiro
  • Florentino Fdez-Riverola
  • Paulo Novais
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 374)


Keeping students interested and motivated is perhaps one of the most difficult and traditional tasks assigned to teachers. With technology being engaged increasingly into learning activities, with its advantages and disadvantages, some new aspects need to be considered. Undoubtedly, technology acts as an enhancer for learning, opening new paths for teaching. However there are some drawbacks too. Keeping students in the right track, doing what they are expected to do, with commitment and motivation, becomes an enormous challenge when an amazing digital world full of all kind of temptations is at the distance of their personal smartphones or even in the computer they use to study. This excess of stimuli and the process of switching and choosing between them has as potential effects on attention, stress and mental fatigue. Stressed or fatigued students fail to deliver the required performance for the task they are engaged in. This paper presents a non-intrusive approach for monitoring student’s performance in real time and measure the effect of these external variables on students. The long-term goal is to empower teachers with valuable information about the students’ state, allowing them to better manage their students and teaching methodologies.


e-learning Fatigue Stress Recommendation System Monitoring 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sérgio Gonçalves
    • 1
  • Manuel Rodrigues
    • 2
  • Davide Carneiro
    • 3
  • Florentino Fdez-Riverola
    • 1
  • Paulo Novais
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Informatics DepartmentUniversity of VigoOurenseSpain
  2. 2.Escola Superior de Tecnologia e GestãoFelgueirasPortugal
  3. 3.Algoritmi Centre/Department of InformaticsUniversity of MinhoBragaPortugal

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