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Using a simulated student to repair difficulties in collaborative learning

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posted on 2023-06-07, 13:25 authored by Aurora Vizcaino, Benedict du Boulay
We describe the use of a simulated student in a synchronous but distributed collaborative learning environment in the domain of programming. The role of the simulated student is to detect and repair difficulties in collaborative learning amongst the human students, for example when a human student is too passive or when the students start chatting about off-topic conversations. The simulated student intervenes by posting messages in the shared "chat" window, just like the human students and was believed to be another human student by them. The paper describes the rules by which the simulated student operates and briefly outlines an evaluation of the system with university first year programming students. The system proved to be successful both in detecting a range of difficulties and in intervening effectively.


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  • Published


IEEE Computer Society

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International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2002, New Zealand

Place of publication

Los Alamitos, California, USA



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  • Informatics Publications

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R. Lewis, T. Okamoto, I Kinshuk, K. Akahori, L. Henderson, R. kemp, C.-H. Lee

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