Is Your Virtual Teacher Hot Or Not?

from the does-the-avatar-matter? dept

A researcher in Florida is trying to see if students react better to computerized learning situations if the virtual teacher is more lifelike and attractive to them. Part of the idea is to inject a bit more "soul" into these virtual teachers, and hopefully make it so students feel more interested in what they have to say. While this might seem like something of a gimmick, some of the early results are positive (though, the message seems a bit mixed). A study was conducted using female math and science students, and the ones who interacted with the agents reported more "positive beliefs" about the subject matter than those who didn't use one of these virtual agents. Of course, there are a lot of other variables that could have impacted these results, so it's hard to say much definitive about them just yet. It's also worth noting that the students said they liked a "cool" female agent as a person they'd want to be like, but still preferred a geeky male agent (complete with bow tie) as a teacher when asked to choose.


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    TechNoFear (profile), Nov 16th, 2005 @ 7:22pm

    Virtual Helpers

    Did any choose the animated paper-clip?

     

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    Ed, Nov 16th, 2005 @ 7:43pm

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    This is so stupied

     

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    Jason, Nov 16th, 2005 @ 7:44pm

    No Subject Given

    somehow i think i'd have trouble learning from someone i couldnt stop thinking about in a sexual manner.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 16th, 2005 @ 7:58pm

    Re: No Subject Given

    That's why I dropped out of your mom's class.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 16th, 2005 @ 8:13pm

    Re: No Subject Given

    LOL

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 16th, 2005 @ 8:15pm

    No Subject Given

    "This cool and attractive virtual agent was seen by
    young women as being a peer, but least like an
    engineer."




    I don't know - looks like a lifeless zombie to me.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 16th, 2005 @ 8:18pm

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    Here's an idea, how bout they give up on the ghey virtual teacher thing and pump that research money into paying for a decent teacher. HAH! female engineering students! LOLZ

     

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    Vap, Nov 16th, 2005 @ 8:22pm

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    HAHA your mom's class

     

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    Logan Haynes, Nov 16th, 2005 @ 9:43pm

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    Not a chance that I would install any software from Sony. Call me paranoid but it is the same reason I will never install Real Player, even if they cleaned it up it once had spyware and that is enough to deter me.

     

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    Poochie P, Nov 16th, 2005 @ 10:08pm

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    HA, yeah ur gonna want the article just below this one logan....

    LOL...ur mom's class.....

     

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    Green Glass Jim, Nov 16th, 2005 @ 10:27pm

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    Putting your kids in front of a television to substitute for parenting... Not the School system wants to do the same...

     

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    Green Glass Jim, Nov 16th, 2005 @ 10:27pm

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    Putting your kids in front of a television to substitute for parenting... Now the School system wants to do the same...

     

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    Jared Anderson, Nov 16th, 2005 @ 11:09pm

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    lol @ AC

     

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    Jason, Nov 17th, 2005 @ 2:35am

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    well, anonymous coward, if 200+ pound fifty year old women covered in surgery scars are your thing i'd say you chances of getting an education or even focusing on a job are pretty low here in the Land of the free and flabby.

     

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    jp, Nov 17th, 2005 @ 2:55am

    virtual boss

    In the same way, all the comapanies can opt for virtual managers ! we all love it :)

     

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    MindTrigger, Nov 17th, 2005 @ 9:11am

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    This might seem stupid on the surface, but if you play video games, and communicate with people who play video games, you will quickly learn that men and boys get a kick out of attractive female computer characters. Lara Croft is probably the most notorious of them all. They should just license her likeness.. lol

     

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