Learning through Argumentation with Cognitive Virtual Companions
Xuehong Tao, Yin-Leng Theng, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore ; Nicola Yelland, Victoria University, Australia ; Zhiqi Shen, Chunyan Miao, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Honolulu, HI, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-73-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
Argumentation plays an important role in learning processes. However, due to the difficulties in modeling human cognitive processes with computers, there are few computer-based learning systems that facilitate argumentation dialogues between computer systems and learners. Based on the new "learning by arguing" paradigm and to explore new learning opportunities, this paper proposed a learning system with pedagogical agents as argumentative virtual learning companions. The learning companion proposed is able to automatically conduct argumentation dialogues with learners. A pilot study was conducted. It showed that there is a great potential of effective learning with argumentative virtual peers. The study also revealed several valuable points that help further designs of argumentative virtual companions.
Tao, X., Theng, Y.L., Yelland, N., Shen, Z. & Miao, C. (2009). Learning through Argumentation with Cognitive Virtual Companions. In G. Siemens & C. Fulford (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2009--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 3179-3194). Honolulu, HI, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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