• Uğur Ayvaz Mugla Sitki Kocman University, Mugla
  • Hüseyin Gürüler Mugla Sitki Kocman University, Mugla
  • Mehmet Osman Devrim Mugla Sitki Kocman University, Mugla



e-learning, facial emotion recognition, computer vision, machine learning, virtual classroom


Since the personal computer usage and internet bandwidth are increasing, e-learning systems are also widely spreading. Although e-learning has some advantages in terms of information accessibility, time and place flexibility compared to the formal learning, it does not provide enough face-to-face interactivity between an educator and learners. In this study, we are proposing a hybrid information system, which is combining computer vision and machine learning technologies for visual and interactive e-learning systems. The proposed information system detects emotional states of the learners and gives feedback to an educator about their instant and weighted emotional states based on facial expressions. In this way, the educator will be aware of the general emotional state of the virtual classroom and the system will create a formal learning-like interactive environment. Herein, several classification algorithms were applied to learn instant emotional state and the best accuracy rates were obtained using kNN and SVM algorithms.


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Author Biographies

Uğur Ayvaz, Mugla Sitki Kocman University, Mugla

MSc in Information Systems Engineering (ongoing), Department of Information Systems Engineering, Research Assistant

Hüseyin Gürüler, Mugla Sitki Kocman University, Mugla

PhD in Electronic and Computer Education, Department of Information Systems Engineering, Assistant Professor

Mehmet Osman Devrim, Mugla Sitki Kocman University, Mugla

MSc in Information Systems Engineering (ongoing), Department of Information Systems Engineering, Student


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How to Cite

Ayvaz, U., Gürüler, H., & Devrim, M. O. (2017). USE OF FACIAL EMOTION RECOGNITION IN E-LEARNING SYSTEMS. Information Technologies and Learning Tools, 60(4), 95–104.



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