The value of attention aware systems in educational settings

David N. Rapp*

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Research on human attention has provided designers with a wealth of information on conditions that promote effective information delivery. Attention aware systems attempt to apply those principles during computer-delivered experiences. These systems can track user interactions with computer presentations, dynamically updating interfaces and content to facilitate user focus on important material. Because the resources necessary to design and implement attention aware systems are not trivial, it is critical to outline the utility of these systems for applicable domains. In this article, the implications of such systems for educational settings are discussed. Attention aware systems may prove useful for teaching diverse learners, assessing student performance, providing feedback during curriculum development, and adding value to computer-assisted teaching methodologies. The implications described in this article are intended as a starting point for collaborative work on the application of attention aware systems to everyday educational settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)603-614
Number of pages12
JournalComputers in Human Behavior
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2006


  • Adaptive systems
  • Attention aware systems
  • Computer-assisted instruction
  • Education
  • Individual differences
  • Learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • General Psychology


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