Students require human intelligence and social interaction in the form of academic assistance at different times of their study period. Their desire to get and find academic assistance varies and is dependent on many factors such as attendance mode, personal situation, semester timetables, and assessment due dates. Providing students with access to this expertise when it is needed and to large numbers of students is problematic. Virtual Agents (VAs) seek to provide a technology-enabled social element to encourage and provide timely support to aid students' learning. We have implemented 4 unit-specific VIRtual Teaching Assistants (VIRTAs) across 2 universities to provide support to answer student's questions about various aspects of the unit. In this work-in-progress paper, we present the usage patterns of students to show how many questions were asked by students and at what point of time in the semester the questions were asked addressing the desire to find assistance when required from VIRTA.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of 6th International Conference of the Immersive Learning Research Network, iLRN 2020|
|Editors||Daphne Economou, Alexander Klippel, Heather Dodds, Anasol Peña-Rios, Mark J. W. Lee, Dennis Beck, Johanna Pirker, Andreas Dengel, Tiago M. Peres, Jonathon Richter|
|Publisher||Immersive Learning Research Network (iLRN)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|
|Event||6th International Conference of the Immersive Learning Research Network, iLRN 2020 - Virtual, Online, United States|
Duration: 21 Jun 2020 → 25 Jun 2020
|Name||Proceedings of 6th International Conference of the Immersive Learning Research Network, iLRN 2020|
|Conference||6th International Conference of the Immersive Learning Research Network, iLRN 2020|
|Period||21/06/20 → 25/06/20|
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- educational institutions.
- learning components
- unit helper guide
- virtual agent