Faculty Advisor

Baker, Ryan Shaun


This project presents an analysis of the affect that precedes, follows, and co-occurs with the student behaviors of being off-task or engaged in on-task conversation in two versions of a virtual chemistry laboratory. The analysis was conducted using field observation data collected in undergraduate classes using the virtual laboratory as part of their chemistry classes. This analysis indicates that off-task behavior co-occurs with boredom but seems to lessen boredom, leading to a lower probability of boredom later. The analysis also indicated that on-task conversation leads to a greater probability of future engaged concentration. These results help illuminate the role student behavior outside of education software plays in student affect during the use of the software.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

February 2012

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies