Motivating the learner: an empirical evaluation.

Rebolledo-Mendez, Genaro, du Boulay, Benedict and Luckin, Rosemary (2006) Motivating the learner: an empirical evaluation. In: Intelligent Tutoring Systems: 8th International Conference, ITS2006, 28-30 June, 2006., Taiwan.

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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 evalu-ation 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: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Depositing User: Genaro Rebolledo-Mendez
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:08
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2012 13:35
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