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.

Rate this comment as insightful
Rate this comment as funny
You have rated this comment as insightful
You have rated this comment as funny
Flag this comment as abusive/trolling/spam
You have flagged this comment
The first word has already been claimed
The last word has already been claimed
Insightful Lightbulb icon Funny Laughing icon Abusive/trolling/spam Flag icon Insightful badge Lightbulb icon Funny badge Laughing icon Comments icon

Comments on “Is Your Virtual Teacher Hot Or Not?”

Subscribe: RSS Leave a comment
MindTrigger says:

Re: virtual boss

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

Add Your Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here

Comment Options:

Make this the or (get credits or sign in to see balance) what's this?

What's this?

Techdirt community members with Techdirt Credits can spotlight a comment as either the "First Word" or "Last Word" on a particular comment thread. Credits can be purchased at the Techdirt Insider Shop »

Follow Techdirt

Techdirt Daily Newsletter

Techdirt Deals
Techdirt Insider Discord
The latest chatter on the Techdirt Insider Discord channel...