'It's Almost Like Talking to a Person': Student Discolsure to Pedagogical Agents in Sensitive Setting

Tombs, G.; Bhakta, Roy and Savin-Baden, Maggi (2014) 'It's Almost Like Talking to a Person': Student Discolsure to Pedagogical Agents in Sensitive Setting.

View this record at http://eprints.worc.ac.uk/3552/
Official URL: http://www.networkedlearningconference.org.uk/abst...

Abstract

Online chatbots (also known as pedagogical agents or virtual assistants) are becoming embedded into the fabric of technology, both in educational and commercial settings. Yet understanding of these technologies is inchoate and often untheorised, influenced by individuals’ willingness to trust technologies, aesthetic appearance of the chatbot and technical literacy, among other factors. This paper draws upon data from two research studies that evaluated students’ experiences of using pedagogical agents in education using responsive evaluation. The findings suggest that emotional connections with pedagogical agents were intrinsic to the user’s sense of trust and therefore likely to affect levels of truthfulness and engagement. They also indicate that the topic of the pedagogical agent-student interaction is key to the student’s experience. The implications of these studies are that truthfulness, personalisation and emotional engagement are all vital components in using pedagogical agents to enhance online learning.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: LB2300 Higher Education
Members: University of Worcester
Depositing User: ULCC Admin
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2016 13:15
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2017 04:30
URI: http://collections.crest.ac.uk/id/eprint/13197

Actions (login required)

Edit Item Edit Item