Are two talking heads better than one? When should use more than one agent in E-learning?

Hua Wang, Mark Chignell, Mitsuru Ishizuka

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Abstract

Recent interest in the use of software character agents raises the issue of how many agents should be used in online learning. In this paper we review evidence concerning the relative effectiveness of multi-agent systems and introduce a multiple agent system that we have developed for online instruction. A user test is carried out that compares one and two agent versions of the learning system. The results are interpreted in terms of their implications for selecting when and how more than one agent should be used in online learning. We conclude with some recommendations on when multiple agents may help online learners to interact with the learning environment more easily and efficiently.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces, Proceedings IUI
Pages366-368
Number of pages3
Volume2006
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
EventIUI 06 - 2006 International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces - Sydney
Duration: 2005 Jan 292005 Feb 1

Other

OtherIUI 06 - 2006 International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces
CitySydney
Period05/1/2905/2/1

Keywords

  • Character agent
  • e-learning
  • Educational interface
  • Eye tracking
  • Multiple agents
  • Tracing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)

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    Wang, H., Chignell, M., & Ishizuka, M. (2006). Are two talking heads better than one? When should use more than one agent in E-learning? In International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces, Proceedings IUI (Vol. 2006, pp. 366-368)