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Learning by Teaching Virtual Agents

Dr. Agneta Gulz & Dr. Magnus Haake
Dr. Agneta Gulz & Dr. Magnus Haake

A teachable agent is a computer character that is taught by a student. In this scenario Artificial Intelligence techniques guide the agent’s behavior. The agent makes decisions based on what it was taught in the past, and the student can revise the agent’s knowledge (and her own) based on the agent’s behavior. In this presentation, we will discuss the strengths and the limitations of the Teachable Agent approach, and discuss our research examining for which learners the “learn by teaching” pedagogy works well. We will also discuss the design of this approach and compare cases of human-to-human learning by teaching and human-to-agent learning by teaching.

SZB 424


Tuesday Jan 18 :: 12 noon – 1pm

Dr. Agneta Gulz, Associate Professor, Lund University, Cognitive Science, Sweden and Department of Computer Science, Linköping University, Sweden. Dr. Gulz’s main research area is educational technology, and in particular technology based on virtual pedagogical characters. She is the author of more than 40 papers published in international journals, books and conference proceedings.

Dr. Magnus Haake, Department of Design Sciences, Lund University. Dr. Haake has a background in Human-Computer Interaction and information visualization in interactive digital media and has been enrolled as an expert in different projects, both within business and research. The topic of his PhD thesis regards the basic, underlying visual design of virtual characters in relation to social psychology and to pedagogical intentions and outcomes.