Research Spotlight Webinar: Using Eye Tracking in Education Research

Webinar Eye tracking Education

Join us online to learn about the use of eye tracking in education research and discuss this topic with successful researchers in this field.






Talks and recordings

Eye tracking Opportunities in Physics Education Research

Speaker: Dr. Stefan Küchemann

Over the last decade, eye tracking in laboratory settings provided essential insights into learning and problem-solving processes. However, the transferability of such research results to real-world learning settings, such as classrooms or students’ laboratory courses, is not straightforward. Advanced eye tracking solutions allow this transition of students’ visual gaze detection from classical laboratory settings to real-world learning environments in physics with a high ecological validity. In this presentation, we demonstrate two scenarios which aim to reveal the visual attention distribution and interactions of students. The first one demonstrates how mobile eye tracking extends the range of possible eye tracking applications in physics education research to a generation process of visual representations and experimentation in a physics laboratory course. The second scenario presents the opportunity to explore the visual gaze patterns of students in a future classroom in which each workplace is equipped with a remote eye tracker. Here, the teacher receives information about individual characteristics of students, such as visual attention, engagement and learning progress on demand. In sum, eye tracking in scenarios with high ecological validity offer realistic and transferable information about students’ learning processes.

Eye Tracking in Physics Education Research: How do students look at complex representations?

Speakers: Dr. Pascal Klein and Larissa Hahn

A modern approach for improving education uses components of experimental scientific research practices based on objective data, disseminating results, and utilizing modern technology. With gaze data analyses becoming more prominent as a research method in general, the number of studies using eye tracking methodology is also increasing in Physics Education Research (PER). First, we will provide a taxonomy to classify how and for which aim eye tracking has been used in PER so far. We illustrate this taxonomy with some examples. We then demonstrate our research agenda on complex representations (vector fields) and show how our own research interest has evolved based on our own eye tracking studies and findings.

Eye tracking solutions to precipitate understanding in chemistry

Speaker: Dr. Jessica VandenPlas

This talk will introduce the unique research challenges faced by chemistry education researchers, highlighting the role that eye tracking can play in addressing these difficulties. Expertise in chemistry involves synthesizing and applying information across multiple representation levels, including verbal, pictorial, graphical, and mathematical. Eye tracking can help researchers understand how experts and students alike direct their attention to appropriate representations in order to build a better understanding of chemistry and solve problems. Examples will be given from my own research program, including student use of multiple representations in organic chemistry and the use of animations and simulations in general chemistry.

Audience Q and A session with the Education Research speakers

Speakers:                                              Host:
Dr. Stefan Küchemann                           Dr. Mirjana Sekicki
Dr. Pascal Klein
Larissa Hahn
Dr. Jessica VandenPlas


Our Speakers

Tobii Pro Eye tracking in Education webinar event speaker Dr. Stefan Küchemann

Dr. Stefan Küchemann is a senior researcher in Physics Education at the TU Kaiserslautern, Germany. After earning his PhD in Condensed Matter Physics in 2014 from the University of Göttingen, Germany, he worked as a research scholar for two years at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. In 2017 he changed to physics education research at the TU Kaiserslautern, Germany, where his main focuses are problem solving and learning processes in physics using Eye Tracking and Artificial Intelligence.

Tobii Pro Eye tracking in Education webinar event speaker Dr. Pascal Klein and Dr. Larissa Hahn

Dr. Pascal Klein is professor at the Georg-August-University Göttingen, Faculty of Physics. He received his PhD from the TU Kaiserslautern in 2016 with a topic on multiple representations in higher physics education. Pascal Klein has lead several research projects and empirical studies utilizing eye tracking, aiming at the development of teaching material, improving learning, and increasing the success of physics studies.

Larissa Hahn is a PhD student at the Georg-August-University Göttingen, Faculty of Physics. In 2020, she finished her Master thesis on physics students’ visual attention when coordinating vector field representations.

Tobii Pro Eye tracking in Education webinar event speaker Dr. Jessica VandenPlas

Dr. Jessica VandenPlas is an associate professor of chemistry at Grand Valley State University, with a Ph.D. in educational psychology from the Catholic University of America. Her research is focused in the area of chemistry education, and is currently centered on using eye tracking techniques to examine student problem solving and representational competence in chemistry, as well as the use of technology in the classroom.