Developing and piloting an application for measuring real-time learner engagement levels in foreign language classrooms.
This presentation reports on the piloting of a smartphone application designed to measure learner engagement in the language classroom. Students report their engagement via this app throughout each lesson, while teachers view live analytics of the students’ social, affective, and cognitive engagement in real-time. We attempted to measure the engagement levels of 124 learners over 15 weeks of online synchronous lessons, while also gathering their perceptions and the experiences of the participating teachers. This presentation demonstrates how engagement measures such as this can be used to innovate classroom teaching and learning, while also highlighting limitations in the application. This work was supported by a JSPS KAKENHI Grant as part of a Japanese MEXT Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research.
Educational technology researcher for the Center for Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI) at Kanda University of International Studies in Japan. Research includes developing and implementing custom Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and AI applications into the language learning classroom, as well as conducting KAKEN research projects on live engagement measuring and maker space education.
Assistant Professor at Rikkyo University. Researching new media studies, online economies, and exploratory classroom practice.