Pedagogical agents as learning companions: Its constituents and implications

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E-Learn, the Annual Conference of Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education

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Researchers have suggested various metaphors or roles of pedagogical agents. An agent as a learning companion adopts a peer metaphor and is a simulated peer in computer-based learning. It is recommended that the application of an agent learning companion be grounded on a strong educational framework. This paper examines the educational potential and value of an agent learning companion in terms of prominent learning and cognitive theories, which will include distributed cognition, social interaction, and social cognitive theory. Based on the theoretical justification, the author suggests several critical constituents to design an agent learning companion that is educationally more effective and appealing to learners. The educational implications for designing learning companions with the constituents are discussed.

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