Motivating the learner: an empirical evaluation

Rebolledo Mendez, Genaro, du Boulay, Benedict and Luckin, Rosemary (2006) Motivating the learner: an empirical evaluation. In: Ikeda, Mitsuru, Ashley, Kevin D. and Chan, Tak-Wai (eds.) Intelligent Tutoring Systems: 8th International Conference, ITS2006, Taiwan. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 4053 . Springer, Verlag, pp. 545-554. ISBN 9783540351603

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Abstract

The M-Ecolab was developed to provide motivational scaffolding via an on-screen character whose demeanour defended on modelling the learner’s motivational state at interaction time. Motivational modelling was based on three variables: effort, independence and the confidence. A classroom evaluation was conducted to illustrate the effects of motivational scaffolding. Students had an eighty minute interaction with the M-Ecolab, divided into two sessions. The results suggested a positive effect of the motivational scaffolding, particularly for initially de-motivated students who demonstrated higher learning gains. We found that these students followed the suggestions of the on- screen character which delivered personalized feedback. They behaved in a way that was conducive to learning by being challenge-seekers and displaying an inclination to exert more effort. This paper gives a detailed account of the methodology and findings that resulted from the empirical evaluation.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA0075 Electronic computers. Computer science
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA0076 Computer software
Depositing User: Ben duBoulay
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2006
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2012 16:50
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/410
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