Understanding Students’ Engagement in Learning Emerging Technologies of Construction Sector: Feasibility of Wearable Physiological Sensing System-Based Monitoring

A. Ojha, H. Jebelli, M. Sharifironizi

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Abstract

Considering the imminent ubiquity of emerging technologies in the construction industry, the workforce needs to possess multidisciplinary skills to realize the full potential of incumbent technologies. Despite the importance of education to gain required expertise, there is dearth of in-depth understanding of the effectiveness of current pedagogies. Engagement is an essential aspect of any pedagogical experience, directly affecting knowledge retention. However, the traditional evaluation methods are unsuitable for objectively understanding engagement. Interpretation of physiological response can provide insight into the emotional state of learners. Recent advancements in wearable technologies and physiology offer objective approach to measure the engagement level. In this regard, this study aims to assess the feasibility of wearable physiological sensing technologies for understanding the engagement level of students learning emerging technologies in construction. The potential of electrodermal activity (EDA), photoplethysmography (PPG), and skin temperature (ST) was investigated in detecting the engagement level of students. Ten minutes of biosignals were acquired from 5 students in two different learning experiences (i.e., passive learning through slides and active learning through didactic videos). Different metrics (electrodermal level, the mean value of PPG, mean skin temperature, etc.) were calculated from the time domain and frequency domain to investigate the potential of the suggested biosignals. Results indicated a statistically significant difference in the physiological metrics extracted from biosignals of the student in different learning setups with varying levels of engagement. Findings demonstrated the feasibility of wearable sensors to evaluate the students’ engagement level in their learning of emerging technologies of construction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering Annual Conference 2021 - CSCE21 General Track Volume 1
EditorsScott Walbridge, Mazdak Nik-Bakht, Kelvin Tsun Ng, Manas Shome, M. Shahria Alam, Ashraf el Damatty, Gordon Lovegrove
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Pages269-281
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9789811905025
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023
EventAnnual Conference of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering, CSCE 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: May 26 2021May 29 2021

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Civil Engineering
Volume239
ISSN (Print)2366-2557
ISSN (Electronic)2366-2565

Conference

ConferenceAnnual Conference of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering, CSCE 2021
CityVirtual, Online
Period5/26/215/29/21

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering

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