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Prof. Norbert Pienta
University of Georgia

Using Browser-based Tools and Eye-tracking Technology to Study Student Problem Solving

Faculty Host: Michelle Richards-Babb

Browser-based tools collected quantitative data from students in introductory chemistry at the tertiary level. A word problem tool used a set of variables generated by an algorithm. A second tool was for drawing Lewis dot structures including atoms, electrons, bonds and charges. The third tool examined the particulate nature of matter in which spheres represent atoms, ions or molecules. In addition, eye-tracking hardware examined proton NMR problems and finding structural features.