Contribution of Pedagogical Agents to Motivate Learners in Online Learning Environments: The Case of the PAOLE Agent

  • Abdelkrim Bendou
  • Mohamed-Amine Abrache
  • Chihab Cherkaoui
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems book series (LNNS, volume 37)


The work we present in this paper is a part of the general problem of drop-out in online learning environments (LMSs and MOOCs). It deals in particular with the motivation issue of learners to finish their courses. In this sense, we defend the idea of the interest of animated pedagogical agents to motivate learners and to adapt content, presentation and navigation to their profile. We therefore propose the first specifications of the PAOLE agent. The design of this agent is based on a new concept which we have called the Pedagogical Intervention. An intervention may be of different kinds, but it is more precisely used to overcome the current problem of abandonment of learners. It combines characteristics of intelligent agents like: autonomy, ability to perceive, to interact, to reason and to act; and some other characteristics of pedagogical agents as: observing, evaluating, adapting content, recommending, engaging, motivating, etc.


Online learning Environment Adaptivity Recommendation Feedback Pedagogical intervention Pedagogical agent 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.IRF-SIC LaboratoryFSA - Ibn Zohr University AgadirAgadirMorocco

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