“Keeping an eye on learning: How eye tracking can help us to understand and improve learning & instruction”
Learning is not only an outcome, such as a diploma or a degree but rather a process leading to the outcome. One method to study these learning processes is eye-tracking. Eye-tracking measures which information a learner takes in, for how long and in which order. This methodology has increasingly been used over the past decade in Educational Sciences research. In my keynote, I will give a brief overview of the technological background as well as the psychology of visual perception. Then I will focus on how we could use this technology in a meaningful way in educational practice. I will address this by presenting recent research from two perspectives, namely the teacher and the students. From the teachers’ perspective, we have studied how beginning and experienced teachers perceive a classroom full of students and what they struggle with when it comes to classroom management. This has extensively been studied by tracking teachers’ eyes when watching video-recordings, but recently several research groups started studying these processes during actual teaching in real classrooms with eye-tracking. From the students’ perspective, I will show how we can use eye-tracking to better understand how students process learning or testing material and draw conclusions on how we can better design these materials to improve instruction and assessment. I will end by showing the potentials of eye-tracking for educational practice in the future.
Prof. Dr. Halszka Jarodzka from the Open University of the Netherlands is an international researcher and expert for multimedia and eye tracking.
since 09.19: Full professor of Instructional Design and Online Learning at the Faculty of Educational Sciences, Open University of the Netherlands, Heerlen
2017: Researcher of the Year Award of the Open University of the Netherlands
2013: Nomination for the Erik-de-Corte Award of the European Association of Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI)