A Look at the Roles of Look & Roles in Embodied Pedagogical Agents – a User Preference Perspective
2009 (English)In: International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education, ISSN 1560-4292, Vol. 19(1)Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The paper presents a theoretical framework addressing three aspects of embodied pedagogical agents: visual static appearance, pedagogical role, and communicative style. The framework is then applied to a user study where 90 school children (age 12‑15) in a dummy multimedia program were presented with either an instructor or a learning companion condition. They were then to choose between eight visually different embodied pedagogical agents: four more naturalistic (detailed & 3D-rendered) and four more stylized (simplified & cartoonish). Finally the participants were to choose between a strictly task-oriented versus a task- and relation-oriented pedagogical agent.
The goal of the study was to explore possible relations between the three aspects mentioned above with respect to user preferences. Results were: (i) When the agent was introduced as a learning companion, female students displayed a significant tendency to choose a more stylized visual character, (ii) When the agent was introduced as a learning companion, female students displayed a significant tendency to choose a task- and relation-oriented agent, (iii) In the case when students had chosen a more stylized character, there was a significant tendency to choose a task- and relational-oriented agent.
The paper also discusses limitations and strengths of the study, and advocates careful descriptions in studies of this kind – especially regarding the notion of visual realism.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 19(1)
Embodied pedagogical agent, visual style, communicative style, pedagogical role, realism, naturalism, stylization
National CategoryHuman Computer Interaction
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-63609OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-63609DiVA: diva2:381529