Eye tracking technology: A training workshop on methods for psychological and educational research

The Department of Special Needs Education, University of Oslo, announces the organization of this training workshop on eye tracking, which will take place in Helga Eng's building at the Faculty of Educational Sciences on May 4–8, 2020. The workshop is open to junior researchers in UiO and other institutions, including doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty.

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More researchers realize that incorporation of eye tracking in their research methods arsenal can boost their research productivity in uncovering the mechanisms underlying learning and skilled performance. (illustration Photo: Colourbox)

About the workshop

Eye tracking technology is becoming increasingly affordable and technically accessible, and it offers unprecedented detail into the study of mental processes at the core of educational and psychological research. This training workshop is designed to allow researchers with no prior experience to learn enough about this technology, understand the opportunities and challenges involved, and familiarize themselves in hands-on sessions, so that they will be competent (and feel confident) enough to incorporate this method in their own research, either independently or as part of a research group.

The structure of the workshop is as follows: An introductory background will be provided in Day 1. Days 2–4 will expand from the introductory foundation to provide concrete training in topics of high relevance for educational and psychological research. Lectures will be given by internationally recognized experts in eye tracking (click on their names in the program below for more information). Each lecture will cover an advanced topic from a theoretical point of view and will present concrete research examples, pointing out challenges and solutions. Supervised hands-on sessions will provide opportunity for familiarization with the procedures and interaction with experienced researchers to address practical issues. Day 5 will be devoted to (supervised) hands-on work, working in groups on entire mini-studies, from conception to presentation.

The preliminary schedule for the workshop is as follows:


Monday May 4th 

Tuesday May 5th  Wednesday May 6th  Thursday May 7th  Friday May 8th 

Morning session 1


Room 231

Introduction. Eye tracking equipment. Athanassios Protopapas

Eye tracking in reading research.

Victor Kuperman

Indexing attention.

The eye-voice span.

Jochen Laubrock

Cognitive planning.

Eye tracking in math.

Marcus Lindskog

Group formation.

Mini-study design.

Morning session 2


Room 231

(cont.) noise, accuracy, precision. Calibration. Hands-on session: calibration & validation Hands-on session: synchronous voice recording Hands-on session: Math problem solving Mini-study script preparation.
Lunch break          

Afternoon session 1


Room 231

Eye tracking data. Event detection; cleanup.

Athanassios Protopapas

Multivariate analysis for eye tracking data.

Daniel Mirman

Eye tracking with children.

Sascha Schroeder

Cognitive effort and the pupillary response.

Sebastiaan Mathôt
Mini-study data collection

Afternoon session 2


Room 231

(cont.) Reports, variables, visualization. Hands-on session: passage reading Hands-on session: remote mode Hands-on session: pupil size tracking (cont.) data collection and analysis.

Lunch and coffee will be provided. Attendees from outside Oslo are responsible for their own travel and accommodation (see accommodation suggestions by the International Staff Mobility Office).

As a minimum requirement, all participants must have basic knowledge of experimental research methods and basic statistics. We also recommend that the participants are familiar with psychological and/or educational research in one or more areas such as, for example, reading, mathematical skills, attention, cognitive control, language development etc.

The workshop has been approved and registered as a PhD-level course at the Faculty of Educational Sciences. Doctoral students taking the course for credit will be required to conduct further work on their mini-study, including complete data processing and analysis, as well as writing up and submitting a full research report with conclusions and limitations. Doctoral students from other Universities interested in taking this as a course for credit should contact their institution’s administration to make the necessary arrangements.


To register for the event, use this registration form. If you are a doctoral student at the Faculty of Educational Sciences and wish take the course for credit you must also register through StudentWeb, in addition to filling out the information at the linked PhD course page.

Registration deadline: April 4, 2020.


For information contact Professor Athanasios Protopapas.


The workshop is supported and co-organized by the Department of Special Needs Education, the research group Literacy and Numeracry (LiNCon), and the Oslo Assessment, Internvention, and Learning Lab at the Faculty of Educational Sciences, with additional support by SR Research Ltd., and is co-funded by the Norwegian Research Council through IT events support (arrangement støtte innenfor IKT project number 310348).

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Publisert 22. jan. 2020 12:23 - Sist endret 5. feb. 2020 13:05