How RU?

Finding out when to help students

Hedieh Ranjbartabar, Deborah Richards*, Cat Kutay

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Understanding how students are feeling can assist Animated Pedagogical Agent (APAs) to provide helpful tailored support. However, eliciting their emotions is difficult. The research examined student's willingness to disclose their emotional feelings to the APA and whether being asked was disruptive or annoying. Nineteen high school students used a Virtual World (VW) designed to learn scientific inquiry skills. Emulating human behavior, the APA greets students by asking "how are you?" and provides an empathic response. However, students could ignore the empathic conversation and move on to a task-focused conversation. We found that students were willing to disclose both negative and positive emotions to APAs, on average once in every ten times they were asked. Furthermore, students preferred to reveal their emotions when they first met a character rather than in the subsequent meetings and negative feelings became stronger than positive feelings in repeated encounters.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances on P2P, Parallel, Grid, Cloud and Internet Computing
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 12th International Conference on P2P, Parallel, Grid, Cloud and Internet Computing (3PGCIC-2017)
EditorsFatos Xhafa, Santi Caballé, Leonard Barolli
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Pages565-575
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9783319698359
ISBN (Print)9783319698342
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event12th International Conference on P2P, Parallel, Grid, Cloud and Internet Computing (3PGCIC) - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 8 Nov 201710 Nov 2017

Publication series

NameLecture Notes on Data Engineering and Communications Technologies
PublisherSPRINGER INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHING AG
Volume13
ISSN (Print)2367-4512

Conference

Conference12th International Conference on P2P, Parallel, Grid, Cloud and Internet Computing (3PGCIC)
CountrySpain
CityBarcelona
Period8/11/1710/11/17

Keywords

  • Animated pedagogical agent
  • Virtual worlds
  • Emotions

Cite this

Ranjbartabar, H., Richards, D., & Kutay, C. (2018). How RU? Finding out when to help students. In F. Xhafa, S. Caballé, & L. Barolli (Eds.), Advances on P2P, Parallel, Grid, Cloud and Internet Computing: Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on P2P, Parallel, Grid, Cloud and Internet Computing (3PGCIC-2017) (pp. 565-575). (Lecture Notes on Data Engineering and Communications Technologies; Vol. 13). Cham: Springer, Springer Nature. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69835-9_53