Schmidt, Albrecht; Drewes, H.; Atterer, R.:

Detailed Monitoring of User's Gaze and Interaction to Improve Future E-Learning.

In: In Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (HCII '07).
Beijing, China: Springer LNCS 4555 (2007)
Buchaufsatz / Kapitel / Fach: Informatik; Wirtschaftswissenschaften
In this paper, we investigate how to use future interaction technologies to enhance learning technologies. We examine in detail how tracking the mouse pointer and observing the user's gaze can help to monitor the use of web applications and in particular E-learning applications. To improve learning and teaching, it is of interest to understand in what order and to what extent users read texts, how much time they spend on individual parts of the teaching materials, and where they get stuck. Based on a standard web browser as an application platform, extended with a gaze tracking facility, we conducted studies to explore the feasibility of this novel approach. The concept includes an extension of current technologies to allow JavaScript code running in the browser to access the current gaze position of the user. Our work shows how pieces of web technology and eye gaze tracking can be put together to create a new platform for E-learning that provides additional benefits for learners and teachers.