In the context of education ECAs can take on multiple roles. It is common for the ECA to take on the role of the teacher, facilitating learning through a combination of explicit instruction, feedback and questioning, much like a classroom teacher would (Bosseler and Massaro 2003; McNamara et al. 2004). In this book we provide a variety of examples of ECA-based educational software, spanning both age group and application area, a discussion of issues relating to the design and implementation of both the ECA itself and the system it is embedded in, and a discussion of underlying educational principles. As a case study we also present the Thinking Head Whiteboard, a flexible and customisable ECA-based learning system, and discuss the outcomes of an initial evaluation using this system as a social skills tutor for children with autism. Finally, we look at future directions for ECA-based educational software.
|Title of host publication||Teaching Skills with Virtual Humans|
|Subtitle of host publication||Lessons from the Development of the Thinking Head Whiteboard|
|Editors||David M. W. Powers|
|Place of Publication||Singapore|
|Number of pages||3|
|Publication status||Published - 2021|
|Name||Cognitive Science and Technology|
|Publisher||Springer Nature Singapore|
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- Embodied Conversational Agents
- facilitating learning