Do you see what I see? Eye-tracking in geospatial education research

Authors: Lynn Moorman*, Mount Royal University
Topics: Geography Education, Remote Sensing
Keywords: geography education, image interpretation, eye tracking
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: 8223, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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As part of a study on unpacking K-12 learner requirements for making meaning of geospatial data, a basic low cost eye-tracking solution was employed. The heat maps and gaze data from the eye-tracker served to support thinkaloud data to create a rich dataset of student understanding of data and imagery. Setting up the eye-tracking device in the students’ own classrooms ensured the experiments were conducted in a situation true to their everyday learning experience. The set-up required no glasses or other equipment that would distract from the students ’experience. Candidate potential and lessons learned in setup and conducting the eye-tracking experiments and the thinkaloud protocol will be discussed. Preliminary results demonstrate how students “read” imagery and other geospatial text.

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