Students’ responses to a humanlike approach to elicit emotion in an educational virtual world

Hedieh Ranjbartabar, Deborah Richards*, Anupam Makhija, Michael J. Jacobson

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Abstract

In the context of an educational virtual world to assist students to gain research inquiry skills, we are seeking to use Animated Pedagogical Agents (APAs) to capture students’ emotional states and provide motivational support. We have conducted a classroom study involving an Educational Virtual World for acquiring and testing knowledge of biological concepts and science inquiry skills with a total of 30 students in Years 8–9 at a co-educational selective school. To ascertain their emotional feelings while using the VW, students encountered five APAs who greeted them by inquiring “How are you?” We found students were generally willing to disclose their emotional feeling and there were differences in emotions reported based on gender. The approach captures emotions during learning but is minimally disruptive and could aid relationship development with the APA while providing a means to validate other emotion elicitation methods.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArtificial Intelligence in Education
Subtitle of host publication19th International Conference, AIED 2018, Proceedings
EditorsCarolyn Penstein Rosé, Roberto Martínez-Maldonado, H. Ulrich Hoppe, Rose Luckin, Manolis Mavrikis, Kaska Porayska-Pomsta, Bruce McLaren, Benedict du Boulay
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Pages291-295
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9783319938455
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
Event19th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education, AIED 2018 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 27 Jun 201830 Jun 2018

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume10948 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference19th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education, AIED 2018
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period27/06/1830/06/18

Keywords

  • Animated pedagogical agents
  • Educational virtual worlds

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