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ARC Eye Movement & Reading Awareness Resource Lab


coordinator: Elizabeth Specker, Ph.D.

hours: call or email for an appointment


phone: 916-484-8013

Currently, the ESL department in Humanities is setting up the EMRA lab (Eye Movement & Reading Awareness resource lab).

The EMRA lab can be used for assisting ARC students with their reading abilities.  Currently used with ESL students, the EMRA lab uses reading materials and eye tracking camera to illustrate to students their reading habits and thereby help them with their academic textbook reading skills, scanning strategies, looking for main ideas/details, and overall reading interactions.

The EMRA lab puts READING in CONTEXT. 

reading questions  Image of reading scan path

The EMRA lab has an eye tracking camera that can capture where and for how long a reader looks at a page while reading.  This information creates a video of the reading activities that can be viewed and discussed by the reader and an instructor.  Feedback can be given about current reading habits and future adaptive reading choices.  It is truly amazing to see what we do when we read and our amazing cognitive choices!

Figure asking question  You can view a PowerPoint of an explanation and the purpose of the lab here: The EMRA lab PowerPoint


Different stages are in development.

Stage I:  Setting up and piloting materials with students and instructors.  Spring & Summer 2016

Stage II:  More specific, stylized materials and sessions will be developed according to instructors' desired skill focus and the EMRA lab's participation with the ESL Center.  Fall 2016 & Spring 2017

Stage III: Use with ARC students in ESL courses.  Fall 2016 - present

Stage IV: Expand for collaboration and use with ARC departments around campus.  Fall 2017+

The EMRA resource lab uses a GP3 eye tracking camera from Gaze Point.

Office Location:

We are located in the 
Learning Resource Center,
English as a Second Language Center,
Room 127