According Gartner’s latest hype cycle for education Affective Computing technologies sense the emotional state of a user (via sensors, microphone, cameras and/or software logic) and respond by performing specific, predefined product/service features, such as changing a quiz or recommending a set of videos to fit the mood of the learner.
Affective computing tries to address one of the major drawbacks of online learning versus in-classroom learning: the teacher’s capability to immediately adapt the pedagogical situation to the emotional state of the student in the classroom.
Here is a very touching scene from Seven Years in Tibet, a movie about Heinrich Harrer, an Austrian mountain climber who became Dalai Lama’s confident and mentor at the time of China’s takeover of Tibet. You can see how Heinrich adapts to the unique demands placed on him as a teacher. Imagine the same adaptiveness in online learning…