Motivating the Learner: An Empirical Evaluation

  • Genaro Rebolledo-Mendez
  • Benedict du Boulay
  • Rosemary Luckin
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4053)


The M-Ecolab was developed to provide motivational scaffolding via an on-screen character whose demeanour defended on modelling the learner’s motivational state at interaction time. Motivational modelling was based on three variables: effort, independence and the confidence. A classroom evalu-ation was conducted to illustrate the effects of motivational scaffolding. Students had an eighty minute interaction with the M-Ecolab, divided into two sessions. The results suggested a positive effect of the motivational scaffolding, particularly for initially de-motivated students who demonstrated higher learning gains. We found that these students followed the suggestions of the on-screen character which delivered personalized feedback. They behaved in a way that was conducive to learning by being challenge-seekers and displaying an inclination to exert more effort. This paper gives a detailed account of the methodology and findings that resulted from the empirical evaluation.


Empirical Evaluation Motivational Modelling Intelligent Tutor System Learning Gain Ability Student 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Genaro Rebolledo-Mendez
    • 1
  • Benedict du Boulay
    • 1
  • Rosemary Luckin
    • 2
  1. 1.IDEAS Lab, Department of InformaticsUniversity of SussexBrightonUK
  2. 2.London Knowledge Lab, Institute of EducationUniversity of LondonLondonUK

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