A Model to measure online student engagement using eye tracking and body movement analysis

Mido, Jude Austin
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Strathmore University
Many institutions are adopting remote learning as way of expanding and offering their programs to mostly undergraduate students and adults seeking further education or training, and as a way of doing this at low costs; without constructing new buildings. However, measuring student engagement so as to focus attention on students who are struggling and manage students in a large class presents an extra challenge to teachers, when they have to do it virtually on eLearning platforms. The focus of this study was to build a model to measure student engagement using eye tracking and body movement analysis through web cameras, to help in tracking student engagement. The proposed solution is aimed at assisting in maintaining student engagement during remote classes, as it would be in a traditional classroom, and to enhance the learning process for both the student and the teacher. The proposed solution aimed to achieve this using computer vision algorithms; using computer vision to track the eyes and detect the hand, then analyze the movements to provide indices used to measure the engagement level. The model was tested using a prototype that analyzed recorded videos of students attending a remote class. The model achieved an accuracy of above 80%.
A Thesis Submitted to the Faculty of Information in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of Master of Science in Information Technology
Students engagement, Online student engagement, Machine learning, Eye tracking, Computer vision, Body movement analysis