The feasibility of capturing learner interactions based on logs informed by eye-tracking and remote observation studies

San Diego, Jonathan P. and McAndrew, Patrick (2009). The feasibility of capturing learner interactions based on logs informed by eye-tracking and remote observation studies. Journal of Interactive Media in Education(4)

URL: http://jime.open.ac.uk/2009/04/

Abstract

Two small studies, one an eye-tracking study and the other a remote observation study, have been conducted to investigate ways to identify two kinds of online learner interactions: users flicking through the web pages in "browsing" action, and users engaging with the content of a page in "learning" action. The video data from four participants of the two small studies using the OpenLearn open educational resource materials offers some evidence for differentiating between 'browsing' and 'learning'. Further analysis of the data has considered possible ways of identifying similar browsing and learning actions based on automatic user logs. This research provides a specification for researching the pedagogical value of capturing and transforming logs of user interactions into external forms of representations. The paper examines the feasibility and challenge of capturing learner interactions giving examples of external representations such as sequence flow charts, timelines, and table of logs. The objective users information these represent offer potential for understanding user interactions both to aid design and improve feedback means that they should be given greater consideration alongside other more subjective ways to research user experience.

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