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Pedagogical Voice in an E-Learning System: Content Expert Versus Content Novice

  • Lincoln Sedlacek
  • Victor Kostyuk
  • Matthew Labrum
  • Kevin Mulqueeny
  • Georgina Petronella
  • Maisie Wiltshire-Gordon
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10295)

Abstract

Studies have shown student performance in virtual learning environments is improved by the presence of a virtual pedagogical agent, particularly when the agent is voiced by a human voice. Furthermore, studies have shown students achieve higher learning outcomes when their teacher is a content expert in the material being taught. This study examines the question at the intersection of these two domains: Do students achieve higher learning outcomes in a virtual learning environment if the actor voicing the virtual agent is a content expert in the material being taught? The analysis found no evidence of such an effect, although more research should be conducted before firm conclusions are drawn.

Keywords

Pedagogical agents e-Learning Content expertise Narration 

Notes

Acknowledgements

Many thanks to the administrators, teachers, and students who participated in the study. Thanks to our novel virtual tutor voice actors, Khushboo Bansal, Joel Dylong, Carmel Levy, and Maureen Royce. Thanks also to Leonid Andrulaytis, Olga Ipatova, Alex Khachatryan, Julia Khachatryan, Yulia Konovalova, Victor Kostyuk, Viktoriya Kozyreva, Sergey Makorov, Nikolay Prokopyev, Andrey Romashov, Nathaniel Rounds, Dmitriy Safonov, Yaroslav Vasilyev, Michael Von Korff, Dussy Yermolayeva, and all others who provided guidance, assistance, and other contributions to the project.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lincoln Sedlacek
    • 1
  • Victor Kostyuk
    • 1
  • Matthew Labrum
    • 1
  • Kevin Mulqueeny
    • 1
  • Georgina Petronella
    • 1
  • Maisie Wiltshire-Gordon
    • 1
  1. 1.Reasoning MindHoustonUSA

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