Publication Date

Spring 2023

Degree Type

Master's Project

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Computer Science

First Advisor

Nada Attar

Second Advisor

Reem Albaghli

Third Advisor

Robert K. Chun


eBook, Multimedia, Eye Tracking, Web Application, Reaction Time


EBooks are a form of multimedia applications that encourage cognitive learning. Multimedia can also influence readers to have a deeper connection to the story. Understanding the influence of a static picture book versus an animated and audio guided eBook can prove valuable in developing learning media and other forms of content. In this research we take a published children's book and apply the content into a multimedia eBook. The purpose of the creation of the eBook is to compare the interest of a reader on a story when static format, when some multimedia is added and when the story is completely animated. The method used shows how those interests were captured via an eye tracker and where the subjects' eyes rested on the static book or the two other versions. Reaction time was also tracked that shows which version of the story held more attention. The major result shows a higher degree of attention is paid to the multimedia elements than the text of the book. The learning of this research is that multimedia enhances learning because it gets more attention.