ERIC Number: EJ1071488
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Working with Pedagogical Agents: Understanding the "Back End" of an Intelligent Tutoring System
Wolfe, Christopher; Widmer, Colin L.; Weil, Audrey M.; Cedillos-Whynott, Elizabeth M.
Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, v26 n3 p145-164 2015
Students in an undergraduate psychology course on Learning and Cognition used SKO (formerly AutoTutor Lite), an Intelligent Tutoring System, to create interactive lessons in which a pedagogic agent (animated avatar) engages users in a tutorial dialogue. After briefly describing the technology and underlying psychological theory, data from an anonymous student survey and confidential focus group are presented. Results indicate that students successfully met established criteria for the assignment. Students rated the assignment highly and reported high levels of understanding resulting from the experience. Results are discussed in the context of learning experiences to help students gain an intuitive feel for complex phenomena.
Descriptors: Intelligent Tutoring Systems, Undergraduate Students, Psychology, Animation, Computer Simulation, Tutorial Programs, Lesson Plans, Student Surveys, Focus Groups, Assignments, Behavioral Objectives, Student Developed Materials, Program Descriptions, Technology Uses in Education, Learning Experience, Task Analysis, Teaching Methods, Instructional Effectiveness
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Sponsor: National Cancer Institute (NCI) (NIH)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ohio
Grant or Contract Numbers: R21CA149796