ERIC Number: ED482083
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
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Providing Personal Assistance in the SAGRES Virtual Museum.
Bertoletti, Ana Carolina; Moraes, Marcia Cristina; da Rocha Costa, Antonio Carlos
The SAGRES system is an educational environment built on the Web that facilitates the organization of visits to museums, presenting museum information bases in a way adapted to the user's characteristics (capacities and preferences). The system determines the group of links appropriate to the user(s) and shows them in a resultant HTML page. In addition, SAGRES enables cooperative learning by supporting interaction among users and also among members of groups of users. Users in SAGRES are aided by personal assistants that are software agents, whose purpose is to monitor the visitors' actions, helping them during the navigation. Considering studies in human-computer interaction and aiming to provide a friendlier interface for the SAGRES system, the agents have a graphical representation as animate characters. These characters improvise a group of behaviors similar to human behaviors (happiness, satisfaction and vibration), making the interaction more attractive. To evaluate the user's degree of satisfaction with the agents, a questionnaire was developed and some favorable results were obtained. This system was developed in the Museu de Ciencias e Tecnologia (MCT) at Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), Porto Alegre, Brazil. Includes seven figures and two tables. (Contains 13 references.) (Author)
Descriptors: Animation, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Graphics, Computer Interfaces, Computer System Design, Cooperative Learning, Man Machine Systems, Museums, Technological Advancement, User Needs (Information)
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