Faculty Advisor

Brown, David C.

Faculty Advisor

Gobert, Janice

Abstract

The author created a component for a digital learning environment (Science ASSISTments) that uses an infrared eyetracker to monitor students' reading and viewing of text and simulations in the domain of Plate Tectonics. The system detects out-of-order reading/viewing patterns that could lead to poor comprehension. It responds in real time to such patterns with messages that guide students to return to effective reading/viewing patterns so as to promote strong construction of mental models used in learning. The system's performance was tested as a proof of concept with some subjects in an experimental setting.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2011

Major

Robotics Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Computer Science

Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies

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