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Measuring the Effectiveness of Additional Functionalities to the Virtual Mentorship System
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, , Morehouse College, United States ; , , Clemson University, United States ; , Morehouse College, United States

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Las Vegas, NV, USA ISBN 978-1-939797-05-6 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

It has been well documented in publications such as the National Academies of Science report Rising Above the Gathering Storm, on the importance of increasing the workforce of science and engineering professionals. With the United States minority population growing, it is a grand challenge to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in science and engineering including computing. In 2012 a study was conducted where an embodied conversational agent was constructed to mentor African American undergraduate computer science majors that were interested in attending graduate school in computing. Results from the study showed no significant difference between the human mentoring experience and the mentoring experience with the embodied conversational agent. This research aimed to enhance the capabilities of the virtual mentor and measured its effectiveness compared to human mentorship.

Citation

Gosha, K., Posey, J., Horace, J., Ordu, C. & Angel, J. (2013). Measuring the Effectiveness of Additional Functionalities to the Virtual Mentorship System. In T. Bastiaens & G. Marks (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2013--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 2309-2311). Las Vegas, NV, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved May 25, 2020 from .

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