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A Virtual Character for Face to Face Interaction with Children in E-Learning

Foroughi, Roya and Rieger, Thomas (2005):
A Virtual Character for Face to Face Interaction with Children in E-Learning.
In: At the Interface - Cutting-Edge Research; 31, Inter-Disciplinary Press, Oxford, In: Creative Engagements: Thinking with Children, pp. 107-111, [Conference or Workshop Item]

Abstract

In the past few years advancements in internet and communication technologies have contributed to reaching new frontiers in distance and online education. In the context of asynchronous learning, despite the increasingly improved features and infrastructures, these environments often remain uninspiring and too serious to provide a suitable learning environment for children. In this paper we present the integration of a virtual character into an asynchronous learning platform that interacts with children during their learning process, providing them with personal greetings and useful feedback messages and real time information on their learning performance. This feature can be considered as a complementary element aiming to compensate for lack of face to face contact with the teacher. The presence of this talking virtual human apart from providing a fun element, serves in provoking motivation and in praising children on their learning success. In realizing this work, current standards in the area of computer supported instructions have been taken into careful consideration in order to comply with the architectural requirements and common data exchange between content and runtime environment. This ensures reusability and ease of integration of our virtual character in any standard conform learning environment. The paper will discuss the pedagogical impacts and educational benefits of this work in the context of children education and will also provide an insight into Learning Management Systems, common standards in the area of E-learning and their importance for this work.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Erschienen: 2005
Creators: Foroughi, Roya and Rieger, Thomas
Title: A Virtual Character for Face to Face Interaction with Children in E-Learning
Language: English
Abstract:

In the past few years advancements in internet and communication technologies have contributed to reaching new frontiers in distance and online education. In the context of asynchronous learning, despite the increasingly improved features and infrastructures, these environments often remain uninspiring and too serious to provide a suitable learning environment for children. In this paper we present the integration of a virtual character into an asynchronous learning platform that interacts with children during their learning process, providing them with personal greetings and useful feedback messages and real time information on their learning performance. This feature can be considered as a complementary element aiming to compensate for lack of face to face contact with the teacher. The presence of this talking virtual human apart from providing a fun element, serves in provoking motivation and in praising children on their learning success. In realizing this work, current standards in the area of computer supported instructions have been taken into careful consideration in order to comply with the architectural requirements and common data exchange between content and runtime environment. This ensures reusability and ease of integration of our virtual character in any standard conform learning environment. The paper will discuss the pedagogical impacts and educational benefits of this work in the context of children education and will also provide an insight into Learning Management Systems, common standards in the area of E-learning and their importance for this work.

Series Name: At the Interface - Cutting-Edge Research; 31
Publisher: Inter-Disciplinary Press, Oxford
Uncontrolled Keywords: Learning environments, Learning processes, Anthropomorphic avatars, Virtual characters
Divisions: 20 Department of Computer Science
20 Department of Computer Science > Interactive Graphics Systems
Event Title: Creative Engagements: Thinking with Children
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2018 09:04
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