Dr. Ellen Kok

Martinus J. Langeveldgebouw
Heidelberglaan 1
Kamer E3.34
3584 CS Utrecht

Dr. Ellen Kok

Assistant Professor
+31 30 253 4944

Ellen Kok is an assistant professor at the Department of Education at Utrecht University. Her main focus is on learning complex visual tasks, and she has a particular interest in the use of eye-tracking methodology in Educational sciences.

Her current research is focussed on two topics. First of all, she's interested in the use of eye-tracking methodology not only for investigating education, but also to support teaching. Specifically, she looks at gaze displays: visuals that show where people are looking. She investigates three applications. First of all, she investigates the effects of showing teachers' gaze to students (eye movement modelling examples, or EMME) to support joint attention or to teach (visual) strategies. This research is grounded in example-based learning. Second, she investigates showing students' gaze to teachers. This can help teachers understand what students need and adapt their teaching. Thirdly, she investigates the use of gaze displays as feedback. In this case, the gaze displays can show learners their (often covert) visual processes. 

Furthermore, she's interested in how novices develop expertise in complex visual tasks, and in particular how they learn this in one-to-one interaction, also called master-apprentice learning situations, or supervision meetings. Her focus is mostly on medical tasks, such as radiograph interpretation, but she's interested in any task that requires the interpretation of visual information to solve a problem. (Dual) Eye-tracking plays a role in some, but not all of those studies.

Ellen was a coordinator of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction Special Interest Group 27 (online measures of learning processes). She now coordinates a network for Dutch and Flemish educational scientists who use eye-tracking technology, please contact her for more information.