Faculty Advisor

Gobert, Janice


This study was designed to test the effectiveness of a series of automatic prompts provided to students engaged in reading text and viewing images (versus a control group of students not given automatic prompts). Participants were brought in to learn about plate tectonics by the use of microworlds (http://www.scienceassistments.org). The prompts were given by a pedagogical agent, a dinosaur named Rex, who directed students to read the text and view images in a more expert-like fashion. Prompts were given automatically based on data from an eye tracking device that tracked the students' gaze on the screen.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

October 2012

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies