publication . Other literature type . 2006

Pedagogical Agents as Learning Companions: The Role of Agent Competency and Type of Interaction

Kim, Yanghee; Baylor, Amy L.; PALS Group,;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2006
  • Publisher: SelectedWorks
  • Country: United States
Abstract
This study was designed to examine the effects of the competency (low vs. high) and interaction type (proactive vs. responsive) of pedagogical agents as learning companions (PALs) on learning, self-efficacy, and attitudes. Participants were 72 undergraduates in an introductory computer-literacy course who were randomly assigned to one of four treatments: Low-Proactive, Low-Responsive, High-Proactive, and High-Responsive. Results indicated a main effect for PAL competency. Students who worked with the high-competency PAL in both proactive and responsive conditions achieved higher scores in applying what they had learned and showed more positive attitudes toward t...
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ACM Computing Classification System: Hardware_LOGICDESIGN
free text keywords: pedagogical agents, learning companions, agent competency, interaction types, learner control, motivation, learner affect, embodied conversational agents, virtual peers, interactive learning environments, animated characters, Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research, Educational Psychology, Instructional Media Design
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