Design an empathic virtual human to encourage and persuade learners in e-learning systems

Chin Yeh Wang, Gwo Dong Chen, Chen Chung Liu, Baw Jhiune Liu

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Abstract

Studies indicate that making learners feel good is important only minor to clear knowledge transformation. Many studies have tried to use virtual humans as a part of interface in learning systems to increase the effect of instructions. Based on social interaction and pedagogical theories, many e-learning systems use animated films or virtual reality to boost human-computer engagement and ease their negative emotions. However, affective learning systems still need much research to improve their functionalities and usability. This study proposed a convenient approach to develop an emotionally interactive learning system; learners can express their emotions by mouse-clicking while learning. A virtual human was created to empathically react to learners in proactive and reactive ways to encourage and persuade them into persistent learning and help achieve their goals. Experimental results show that, averagely, subjects can tell virtual human's emotions and agree to its empathic reactions. Persuasion conducted by virtual human could not increase subjects' learning time, but could significantly increase their completion rate of exercises.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication1st ACM International Workshop on Multimedia Technologies for Distance Learning, MTDL 2009, Co-located with the 2009 ACM International Conference on Multimedia, MM'09
Pages27-32
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009
Event1st ACM International Workshop on Multimedia Technologies for Distance Learning, MTDL 2009, Co-located with the 2009 ACM International Conference on Multimedia, MM'09 - Beijing, China
Duration: 19 Oct 200924 Oct 2009

Publication series

Name1st ACM International Workshop on Multimedia Technologies for Distance Learning, MTDL 2009, Co-located with the 2009 ACM International Conference on Multimedia, MM'09

Conference

Conference1st ACM International Workshop on Multimedia Technologies for Distance Learning, MTDL 2009, Co-located with the 2009 ACM International Conference on Multimedia, MM'09
Country/TerritoryChina
CityBeijing
Period19/10/0924/10/09

Keywords

  • Animated tutor
  • e-Learning system
  • Empathic care
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Virtual human

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