Educational scaffolding for students stuck in a virtual world

Ryan Villarica, Deborah Richards

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Abstract

Virtual worlds provide students with educational opportunities to explore and have experiences that are difficult to provide in reality. However, ensuring that students stay motivated and on task is important if the learning goals are to be achieved. Building on the findings of previous studies involving agent-based virtual worlds, adaptive collaborative learning and intelligent agents, we have designed an empathic intelligent virtual agent that provides educational scaffolding to encourage and support the students to understand what they are learning with less frustration. We have identified models of 'stuck' behaviour and corresponding empathic response patterns that we have incorporated into the behaviours of the intelligent virtual agents in the Omosa Virtual World for science inquiry.Villarica and Richards

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 25th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, ACIS 2014
Place of PublicationAuckland, New Zealand
PublisherAuckland University of Technology
Pages1-10
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event25th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, ACIS 2014 - Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 8 Dec 201410 Dec 2014

Other

Other25th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, ACIS 2014
CountryNew Zealand
CityAuckland
Period8/12/1410/12/14

Keywords

  • virtual worlds
  • empathic
  • educational scaffolding
  • motivation
  • adaptive collaborative learning

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