Share Paper: Do Learners Argue with Intelligent Virtual Characters Seriously?

  1. Xuehong Tao, Victoria University, Australia
  2. Nicola Yelland, Victoria University, Australia
  3. Zhiqi Shen, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Thursday, June 26 11:15-11:45 AM B3117

Abstract: Argumentation becomes an essential element in science education. It plays an important role in leading to deep learning, fostering conceptual change, promoting knowledge co-construction and supporting problem solving. This research develops a learning system to facilitate human - computer argumentative learning, where an intelligent virtual character is able to conduct argumentation dialogues with learners on science topics. Do learners engage in argumentations with the virtual character? Do learners seriously consider the virtual character’s knowledge related arguments? A study was carried out to investigate the interactions between human learners and the virtual character. The study found that the learners engaged in ...