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Engaging with the Scenario: Affect and Facial Patterns from a Scenario-based Intelligent Tutoring System

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Facial expression trackers output measures for facial action units AUs, and are increasingly being used in learning technologies. In this paper, we compile patterns of AUs seen in related work as well as use factor analysis to search for categories implicit in our corpus. Although there was some overlap between the factors in our data and previous work, we also identified factors seen in the broader literature but not previously reported in the context of learning environments. In a correlational analysis, we found evidence for relationships between factors and self-reported traits such as academic effort, study habits, and interest in the subject. In addition, we saw differences in average levels of factors between a video watching activity, and a decision making activity. However, in this analysis, we were not able to isolate any facial expressions having a significant positive or negative relationship with either learning gain, or performance once question difficulty and related factors were also considered. Given the overall low levels of facial affect in the corpus, further research will explore different populations and learning tasks to test the possible hypothesis that learners may have been in a pattern of Over-Flow in which they were engaged with the system, but not deeply thinking about the content or their errors.

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  • Cybernetics

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