MentorChat: A Teacher-Configurable Conversational Agent That Promotes Students’ Productive Talk

  • Stergios Tegos
  • Stavros Demetriadis
  • Anastasios Karakostas
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8095)


MentorChat is a CSCL system that utilizes a conversational pedagogical agent to engage students in fruitful collaboration. This conversational agent attempts to promote students’ productive dialogue by providing unsolicited prompts aimed to elicit explicit reasoning. Using MentorChat a teacher is able to design and deploy the phases and the tasks of a collaborative activity along with the support that the agent provides. In this paper, we present (a) the theoretical background MentorChat is based on, (b) the main technical features of the system and (c) some encouraging preliminary results.


conversational agents collaborative learning productive dialogue 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stergios Tegos
    • 1
  • Stavros Demetriadis
    • 1
  • Anastasios Karakostas
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of InformaticsAristotle University of ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece

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