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A study on eye fixation patterns of students in higher education using an online learning system

The, B; Mavrikis, M; (2016) A study on eye fixation patterns of students in higher education using an online learning system. In: Gašević, D and Lynch, G and Dawson, S and Drachsler, H and Penstein Rosé, C, (eds.) LAK '16: Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Learning Analytics & Knowledge. (pp. pp. 408-416). Association for Computing Machinery (ACM): New York, NY, USA. Green open access

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Abstract

We study how the use of online learning systems stimulate cognitive activities, by conducting an experiment with the use of eye tracking technology to monitor eye fixations of 60 final year students engaging in online interactive tutorials at the start of their Final Year Project module. Our findings show that the students' visual scanning behaviours fall into three different types of eye fixation patterns, and the data corresponding to the different types relates to the performance of the students in other related academic modules. We conclude that this method of studying eye fixation patterns can identify different types of learners with respect to cognitive activities and academic potentials, allowing educators to understand how their instructional design using online learning environments can stimulate higher-order cognitive activities.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: A study on eye fixation patterns of students in higher education using an online learning system
Event: LAK '16: Sixth International Conference on Learning Analytics & Knowledge, 25-29 April 2016, Edinburgh, UK
ISBN-13: 9781450341905
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1145/2883851.2883871
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1145/2883851.2883871
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2016 ACM.
Keywords: Eye Tracking, Human-Computer Interaction, Instructional Design, Cognitive Activity, Online Learning
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1513499
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