Proactive Functions of a Pedagogical Agent – Steps for Implementing a Social Catalyst Function

  • Madlen WuttkeEmail author
  • Michael Heidt
  • Paul Rosenthal
  • Peter Ohler
  • Nicholas H. Müller
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9753)


The development of pedagogical agents has been focused on the empirical relevance of outward appearance and the voiced conveyance of information. Rather than following these steps of analysing agents’ looks, the following paper is focused on having pedagogical agents function proactively in regard to the environment the learner is situated in. This means agents are able to listen and react to noise disturbances or obvious attention diversion by the learner. Furthermore, the agent is enhanced by a social catalyst routine, enabling the system to facilitate cooperative learning through the use of narrative techniques for the retention of information.


Pedagogical Agent Proactive Narrative Learning Social catalyst 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Madlen Wuttke
    • 1
    Email author
  • Michael Heidt
    • 2
  • Paul Rosenthal
    • 3
  • Peter Ohler
    • 4
  • Nicholas H. Müller
    • 4
  1. 1.Media-Psychology, Faculty of HumanitiesChemnitz University of TechnologyChemnitzGermany
  2. 2.Visual Computing Laboratory, Faculty of InformaticsChemnitz University of TechnologyChemnitzGermany
  3. 3.Visual Computing Laboratory, Faculty of InformaticsChemnitz University of TechnologyChemnitzGermany
  4. 4.Media-Psychology, Faculty of HumanitiesChemnitz University of TechnologyChemnitzGermany

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