View on education: I see; therefore, I learn

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We learn by perceiving information and processing
it further in our memory. A lot of this information we perceive via our eyes. Hence, examining someone’s viewing behavior while they are learning can provide crucial insights about learning itself. Eye-tracking (i.e., recording of eye movements) is a method that can measure these perceptual processes.
With eye-tracking it is possible to study what infor- mation we perceive visually, in what order we do so and with how much effort, as well as what information we miss. This allows us to develop a better theoretical understanding of how we perceive and process new information, how we retrieve existing information from our memory, and how drastically that changes as we become more experienced in a particular area. Kno- wing this, we can design instructional materials that are optimally adapted to our visual information processing system. This knowledge helps us to learn more effi- ciently, to support professionalization, and to construct more valid tests.
As eye-tracking becomes more and more accessible, it could play an important, but also responsible role in educational practice in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationHeerlen
PublisherOpen Universiteit
Number of pages91
ISBN (Print)978-94-6469-074-3
Publication statusPublished - 21 Oct 2022
EventTrendsconferentie: Leren in beeld brengen - Heerlen, Netherlands
Duration: 21 Oct 202221 Oct 2022


  • education
  • eye tracking
  • learning
  • testing
  • multimedia
  • expertise
  • privacy


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