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Digital approaches to researching learners' computer interactions using gazes, actions, utterances and sketches

San Diego, Jonathan P.; Aczel, James C.; Hodgson, Barbara K. and Scanlon, Eileen (2012). Digital approaches to researching learners' computer interactions using gazes, actions, utterances and sketches. Educational Technology Research and Development, 60(5) pp. 859–881.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11423-012-9256-3
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Abstract

When learners use computers, they typically look at the screen, type, use the mouse, talk, write, sketch and make gestures. This paper identifies technical, practical, ethical and methodological challenges associated with traditional methods for studying such interactions. It examines the potential of recent technologies for identifying learners’attention, recording real-time writing and sketching, and analyzing multiple data feeds in an integrated way. A study of learners’ interactions with multiple representations is used to illustrate the advantages and disadvantages of digital approaches to collecting, coordinating and analyzing observational data. The paper argues that there is a need for research into frameworks for analyzing digital data of learners’ computer interactions in systematic and principled ways.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2012 Association for Educational Communications and Technology
ISSN: 1556-6501
Keywords: video research; computer-based learning; protocol analysis; eye tracking; handwriting
Academic Unit/Department: Institute of Educational Technology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 33808
Depositing User: Eileen Scanlon
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2012 08:12
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2012 12:14
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/33808
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