A new and quantitative method is needed for the evaluation of IT
systems in terms of functionality and usability, mainly in those applications
related to the field of training and education. The E-TRACKING project has the main goal of defining a new quantitative
evaluation method which is based on the analysis of eye movements during
the exploration of the computer display, which is the device used to provide
information to the user.
When an e-learning system displays information on the computer screen, the underlying assumption is that the user actually looks at the screen in this particular region, remains in this region for a time long enough to acquire the relevant information, and he explores all the parts of the screen where information is displayed.
From these assumptions it clearly appears in which way the analysis of eye movement during visual exploration can integrate the classical evaluation tests by providing information that is quantitative, objective and, moreover, can be related to the cognitive dynamic processes underlying learning.