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Industrial Engineering & Operations Research
Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (M.S.I.E.O.R.)
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nursing education, eye tracker, human performance
This study evaluates the application of an eye tracking device in nursing education. An experiment is designed to test the effectiveness of the eye tracking device used as a tool for providing instructional feedback in error identification and recovery by nursing students undertaking tasks in a simulated clinical setting. This experiment is performed on three groups of nursing students. In the first phase, all groups are tested in a simulated clinical scenario and their eye movements are recorded using an eye tracking device. In the second phase, the evaluation only group (control group) gets instructors’ feedback regarding their performance without referring back to the eye tracker record. The eye tracker only group (experimental group A) is provided with a video of their eye movements which was recorded during their first simulated exercise, but receives no feedback from the instructors. The combined group (experimental group B) is provided with both instructors’ evaluations and their eye movement video. Finally, in the last phase, all the groups are tested once again in the simulated clinical settings. Their performance is observed and compared to determine their relative improvements. Based on these improvements, it will be possible to determine whether an eye tracking device by itself or in combination with evaluation serves as a helpful instructional source during nursing education.
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