Do Your Eyes Give It Away? Using Eye Tracking Data to Understand Students’ Attitudes towards Open Student Model Representations

Moffat Mathews, Antonija Mitrovic, Bin Lin, Jay Holland, Neville Churcher

There is sufficient evidence to show that allowing students to see their own student model is an effective learning and metacognitive strategy. Different tutors have different representations of these open student models, all varying in complexity and detail. EER-Tutor has a number of open student model representations available to the student at any particular time. These include skill meters, kiviat graphs, tag clouds, concept hierarchies, concept lists, and treemaps. Finding out which representation best helps the student at their level of expertise is a difficult task. Do they really understand the representation they are looking at? This paper looks at a novel way of using eye gaze tracking data to see if such data provides us with any clues as to how students use these representations and if they understand them.

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