Abstract—Online learning is commonly accepted as a support tool for educators as well as a medium of delivery of any-time, any-where content of a wide range of study programs to a widely dispersed learner community. Web-based learning environments are a relatively new medium of learning to Sri Lankan universities. Characteristics of learners of such environments vary widely, from technology geniuses to technological novices, from high bandwidth access to slow Internet connections etc. There are predictions of a near future boom of digital learning in Asian educational context, challenging the conventional face to face learning environments. Like any learning process, digital learning depends on effective communication of human knowledge, whether this occurs in a face-to-face classroom or across the Internet. The effectiveness of digital learning also depends on establishing two-way communication between facilitators and learners, and among learners themselves. Within the state university settings, learners experience varied emotions and interest towards learning. Although both emotions and interest can increase learners’ likelihood to engage in traditional learning, little is known about the influence of emotions and interest in learning activities in a digital environment. Previous research have identified that emotions occur while individuals assess events in their environment that are related to the needs, goals and well-being. Moreover, recent research on the emotional response to online learning has focused on the importance of learners’ feelings in relation to the community of learning. Major objective of this research study is to introduce a new model of online learning with relevance to the emotional response of the learning community. The study is based on Barry Kort’s Learning Spiral Model which is a four quadrant learning model in which emotions change while the learner moves through quadrants and up the spiral
Index Terms—Emotions, learning environment, online learning, online learner
T. C. Sandanayake is a lecturer in the Faculty of Information Technology of University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka and currently reading Master of Philosophy Degree at the University of Morauwa (Phone : +94717646462, email : firstname.lastname@example.org).
A. P. Madurapperuma holds a Ph.D in computer science and currently serving as the Deputy Director (Admin) at the Keio-NUS CUTE Center at National University of Singapore (Phone : +6590235340, email. email@example.com).
D. Dias is a professor at the Department of Electronics and Telecommunications of University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka (Phone: +94-11-2650634, email : Dileeka.Dias@uom.lk).
Cite: T. C. Sandanayake, A. P. Madurapperuma, and D. Dias, "Affective E Learning Model for Recognising Learner Emotions," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 1, no. 4, pp. 315-320, 2011.