Moral Conflicts in VR: Addressing Grade Disputes with a Virtual Trainer

  • Jan KolkmeierEmail author
  • Minha Lee
  • Dirk Heylen
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10498)


A Virtual Trainer (VT) for moral expertise development can potentially contribute to organizational and personal moral well-being. In a pilot study a prototype of the VT confronted university employees with a complaint from an anonymous student on unfair grading: a plausible scenario. Addressing criticisms from students may be a stressful situation for many teaching professionals. For successful training, adapting the agent’s strategy based on the performance of the user is crucial. To this end, we further recorded a multimodal dataset of the interactions between the participants and the VT for future analysis. Participants saw the value in a VT that lets them practice such encounters. What is more, many participants felt truly taken aback when our VT announced that a student was unhappy with them. We further describe a first look at the multimodal dataset.


VR Skill training Moral expertise Moral conflict Gaze Multimodal 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Human Media InteractionUniversity of TwenteEnschedeThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Human Technology InteractionThe Technical University of EindhovenEindhovenThe Netherlands

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