Eye-tracking in educational research

Activity: Talk or presentation typesConference contribution (without a publication)Academic


Eye-tracking plays and important role in educational research, since it enables researchers to capture conscious and more automatized and unconscious processes during learning and instruction (e.g., visual intake of information, integration of information, searching for information, etc.). It offers the opportunity to register micro-processes of learning and instruction during learning and instructional activities. Eye-tracking research can be conducted in more artificial settings in which one student or teacher is invited for a lab study in which high-quality screen-based eye-trackers are used. This is useful for investigating multimedia learning, reading, visual expertise, learning from video, etc. However, more and more eye-tracking is conducted outside the lab in more authentic settings. In more authentic scenarios, eye-tracking glasses or webcam eye-tracking are used. This is useful for examining teacher expertise in authentic classroom environments. Eye-tracking inside or outside the lab brings different methodological and ethical challenges with it. During the first part of the workshop, an overview will be given of the different eye-trackers and how they can be used in educational research. The second part of the workshop will be more interactive and hands-on, in that we will brainstorm on how to use eye-tracking in your own research and what aspects you need to take into account when designing your research. We will discuss several methodological choices or challenges coming along with the data-analysis. Finally, we will discuss ethical challenges you need to take into account when setting up eye-tracking research. This workshop is made for researchers with no or limited experience in using eye-tracking.
PeriodJul 2022
Event titleJURE 2022: Junior Researchers EARLI: Unpredictable Challenges - Education in a Rapidly Changing World
Event typeConference
LocationPorto, PortugalShow on map