A Configurable Conversational Agent to Trigger Students’ Productive Dialogue: A Pilot Study in the CALL Domain

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Year:
2013
Type of Publication:
Article
Keywords:
conversational agents, collaborative learning, productive dialogue
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Pages:
581-584
Abstract:
MentorChat is a CSCL system that utilizes a conversational pedagogical agent to engage students in fruitful collaboration. This conversational agent attempts to promote students’ productive dialogue by providing unsolicited prompts aimed to elicit explicit reasoning. Using MentorChat a teacher is able to design and deploy the phases and the tasks of a collaborative activity along with the support that the agent provides. In this paper, we present (a) the theoretical background Men-torChat is based on, (b) the main technical features of the system and (c) some encouraging preliminary results


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