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Vincent, an Autonomous Pedagogical Agent for On-the-Job Training

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Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS 1998)

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Animated pedagogical agents are a promising new way to motivate learners that interact with learning environments. However, the majority of the animated agents lack in their autonomy from the learning environment, that is, most of the animated agents are fully embedded in their respective learning environments. In this paper we consider the autonomy of pedagogical agents in two ways: first its autonomy in relation to the control of a user and, and second, its autonomy in relation to the environment. We argue that, to achieve reusability, these two types of autonomy should be considered when developing animated pedagogical agents. To support this argument, we describe a Web-based pedagogical agent called Vincent that embeds these two types of autonomy. Vincent not only combines a set of sensors and actors establishing a communication through messages with several external learning environments, but also determines the best feedback to provide to the learners, having a set of visual and audio behaviors that correspond to emotional attitudes.

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Paiva, A., Machado, I. (1998). Vincent, an Autonomous Pedagogical Agent for On-the-Job Training. In: Goettl, B.P., Halff, H.M., Redfield, C.L., Shute, V.J. (eds) Intelligent Tutoring Systems. ITS 1998. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 1452. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/3-540-68716-5_64

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