Our paper “Neural engagement with online educational videos predicts learning performance for individual students” is out in “Neurobiology of Learning and Memory” Volume 155, November 2018, Pages 60-64 you can read the paper here
This is an exciting result which shows that with higher neural engagement, when watching educational videos, students perform better on questionnaires related to the video content, presented after the video. Neural engagement is measured as the Inter Subject Correlation of EEG signals recorded while students watch educational videos within the topic of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). This is a very intuitive result, if students pay attention to the videos, they also do better on the test.
Future research will look in to easier and more mobile methods to assess engagement in online education. Also investigating if our results generalize to other types of educational material and teaching styles. Stay tuned for updates.