Eyetracking, as a method of testing the usefulness of e-learning portals

Adam Szalach

Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun

The purpose of this article is to indicate the usefulness of digital technologies, in particular eyetracking, in the analysis of information architecture on e-learning platforms. Attention should be drawn to the fact that in the era of ubiquitous computerization, the continuous expansion and development of the IT services market is noticeable. New tools and technologies available on the market affect and significantly change the face of previously understood education, which evolves from its original shape into new forms. The effect of this phenomenon is the requirement to use ever newer didactic aids, and thus, proper preparation of children and young people for the skillful use of available technologies. A characteristic example of this type of assistance is e-learning, which currently supports education for both students and teachers. The article will present the results of pilot studies, based on the analysis of selected educational platforms using the method of tracking eye movements. The aim of the study was to check how and at what time participants were able to find and analyze relevant information on e-learning portals depending on their architecture and legibility. The analysis of the results of the study and data collected has allowed us to identify weaknesses and strengths in the structure of information contained on e-learning platforms, the improvement of which can significantly contribute to the increase of the quality and usability of distance learning tools. The results of the research indicate the problem of the readability of large information giants and navigational complexity.

e-learning, eyetracking, usability, education, information architecture
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