Does a Pedagogical Agent Facilitate Learning in a Learner-Attenuated System-Paced Learning Environment?
Pedagogical agents are characters which appear in a multimedia learning environment to facilitate learning. In the past, researchers have explored their use in system-paced and learner-paced environments. Yet, learning environments exist which do not clearly fall into either category. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of a contextually-relevant, peer pedagogical agent compared to a low verbal redundancy non-agent condition in a learner-attenuated system-paced learning environment. The findings showed that there were no significant differences between the two groups. The implications for theory and practice are briefly discussed.