A smart phone app can guess how college students are spending their time and predict their end-of term grades, according to a Dartmouth experiment.They say it's a "Fitbit for the brain."
Andrew Campbell, the lead investigator, admits to NPR that it sounds “creepy.”
A smartphone generally has Wi-fi, GPS to detect location, an accelerometer which detects motion and a microphone, which can pick up nearby sound. The phone also senses whether or not it’s being charged or being used.
Using this information and a map of the campus, the researchers designed an app that can guess whether the student is sleeping (phone is charging, no interaction), walking or running, studying (low noise level, 20+ minutes in same place, low interaction with phone) or partying (at a fraternity or sorority house but don’t live there, loud noise, typical party night).
Not surprisingly, students who studied more got higher grades.
Sunday, June 07, 2015
There are many ideas out there to predict a college student's GPA, but what about something real time? What about an app?