Shaping learners' attention in massive open online courses

Kshitij Sharma, Daniela Caballero, Himanshu Verma, Patrick Jermann, Pierre Dillenbourg

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We present an eye-tracking study in the context of Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) videos. We propose to use a pre-test as a way of priming students about the video content before they watch the video. In this study, we used two versions of the same pre-test: textual and schema based. The results show that priming has an effect on the learning gain as well as the gaze patterns of students as they watch the videos; the type of priming has an effect on whether students spend more time looking at textual or schema video elements.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52-61
Number of pages10
JournalRevue internationale des technologies en pédagogie universitaire/International Journal of Technologies in Higher Education
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Eye tracking
  • Priming
  • Student engagement
  • Massive Open Online Courses


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