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‘It’s Almost Like Talking to a Person’: Student Disclosure to Pedagogical Agents in Sensitive Settings.

Savin-Baden, Maggi and Tombs, G. and Burden, D. and Wood, C. (2013) ‘It’s Almost Like Talking to a Person’: Student Disclosure to Pedagogical Agents in Sensitive Settings. International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning, 5 (2). pp. 78-93. ISSN Print: 1941-8647 Online: 1941-8655

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Abstract

This paper presents findings of a pilot study which used pedagogical agents to examine disclosure in educational settings. The study used responsive evaluation to explore how use of pedagogical agents might affect students’ truthfulness and disclosure by asking them to respond to a lifestyle choices survey delivered by a web-based pedagogical agent. Findings indicate that emotional connection with pedagogical agents were intrinsic to the user’s sense of trust and therefore likely to affect levels of truthfulness and engagement. The implications of this study are that truthfulness, personalisation and emotional engagement are all vital components in using pedagogical agents to enhance online learning.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: pedagogical agents, engagement, disclosure, personalisation, pedagogy
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Education
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Depositing User: Maggi Savin-Baden
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2015 09:30
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2015 08:38
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/3532

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