A Privacy-Aware Browser Extension to Track User Search Behavior for Programming Course Supplement

Jihed Makhlouf, Yutaka Arakawa, Ko Watanabe

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5 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

There is an abundant and constantly growing amount of information that can be retrieved from online resources. Moreover, the access to such resources is becoming more and more convenient. Yet, finding the exact needed information is not easy, especially for programming search queries. In this paper, we present TrackThinkTS, a privacy-aware browser extension. It tracks users’ behaviors when navigating the web. The extension logs various user actions related to tab management, search query, browsing, and clipboard management. The extension is built with a privacy-first mindset. In fact, the users have full control over the registered logs, they can manage, update and export the logs in a completely transparent way. The vision behind this work is twofold. On one hand, we aim to investigate the web search behavior of programming students and detect patterns of a successful search. On the other hand, the objective is to build a knowledge base that will serve as a course supplement for programming students. Therefore, the proposed extension in this paper is one of the building blocks of the whole system. Data collected from this extension will be also synchronized with log data coming from an online IDE used by programming students during the experiment phase.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMobile and Ubiquitous Systems
Subtitle of host publicationComputing, Networking and Services
EditorsTakahiro Hara, Hirozumi Yamaguchi
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Pages783-796
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9783030948214
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event18th EAI International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems: Computing, Networking and Services, MobiQuitous 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: Nov 8 2021Nov 11 2021

Publication series

NameLecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, LNICST
Volume419 LNICST
ISSN (Print)1867-8211
ISSN (Electronic)1867-822X

Conference

Conference18th EAI International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems: Computing, Networking and Services, MobiQuitous 2021
CityVirtual, Online
Period11/8/2111/11/21

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications

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