'Nestor,' a new piece of software from French education technology company LCA Learning, uses advanced facial recognition software to perform a task that teachers deal with constantly when conduct in-person classes. It takes a good teacher little more than a glance during a lesson or lecture to recognize whether students are engaged with the material -- facial expressions and body language go a long way in communicating interest. LCA Learning has taken that common sense and applied it to the digital world with Nestor.
Professors and teachers can use the Nestor platform to broadcast their lessons online. Not only does it stream the lecture and enabled mid-lesson quizzes to keep students engaged, but it uses facial recognition to register whether students are engaged with the material. This lets teachers gather metrics about the most and least engaging aspects of their lessons, and it gives students a gamified incentive to stay focused throughout.