Using a simulated student to repair difficulties in collaborative learning

Vizcaino, Aurora and du Boulay, Benedict (2002) Using a simulated student to repair difficulties in collaborative learning. In: Lewis, R., Akahori, K., kemp, R., Okamoto, T., Henderson, L., Lee, C.-H. and Kinshuk, I (eds.) International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2002, New Zealand. IEEE Computer Society, Los Alamitos, California, USA, pp. 349-353. ISBN 9780769515090

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Abstract

We describe the use of a simulated student in a synchronous but distributed collaborative learning environment in the domain of programming. The role of the simulated student is to detect and repair difficulties in collaborative learning amongst the human students, for example when a human student is too passive or when the students start chatting about off-topic conversations. The simulated student intervenes by posting messages in the shared "chat" window, just like the human students and was believed to be another human student by them. The paper describes the rules by which the simulated student operates and briefly outlines an evaluation of the system with university first year programming students. The system proved to be successful both in detecting a range of difficulties and in intervening effectively.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: collaborative learning difficulties detection, collaborative learning difficulties repai; First year university programming students; human students; messages ; off-topic conversations; passive student; programming; shared chat window; simulated student; synchronous distributed collaborative learning environment
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Depositing User: Ben duBoulay
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2006
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2012 16:50
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/423
Google Scholar:12 Citations

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