What is my teacher talking about? Effects of displaying the teacher’s gaze and mouse cursor cues in video lectures on students’ learning

  • Eye movement modelling examples (EMME) are instructional videos that display a teacher’s eye movements as “gaze cursor” (e.g. a moving dot) superimposed on the learning task. This study investigated if previous findings on the beneficial effects of EMME would extend to online lecture videos and compared the effects of displaying the teacher’s gaze cursor with displaying the more traditional mouse cursor as a tool to guide learners’ attention. Novices (N = 124) studied a pre-recorded video lecture on how to model business processes in a 2 (mouse cursor absent/present) × 2 (gaze cursor absent/present) between-subjects design. Unexpectedly, we did not find significant effects of the presence of gaze or mouse cursors on mental effort and learning. However, participants who watched videos with the gaze cursor found it easier to follow the teacher. Overall, participants responded positively to the gaze cursor, especially when the mouse cursor was not displayed in the video.

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Author:Selina N. Emhardt, Halszka Jarodzka, Saskia Brand-Gruwel, Christian Drumm, Diederick C. Niehorster, Tamara van Gog
Parent Title (English):Journal of Cognitive Psychology
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2022
Date of the Publication (Server):2022/07/21
Tag:Instructional design; eye movement modelling examples; video learning
First Page:1
Last Page:19
Institutes:FH Aachen / Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung