Paper: Engaging learning groups using Social Interaction Strategies

ACL ID N10-1098
Title Engaging learning groups using Social Interaction Strategies
Venue Human Language Technologies
Session Main Conference
Year 2010
Authors

Conversational Agents have been shown to be effective tutors in a wide range of educational domains. However, these agents are often ig- nored and abused in collaborative learning scenarios involving multiple students. In our work presented here, we design and evaluate interaction strategies motivated from prior re- search in small group communication. We will discuss how such strategies can be im- plemented in agents. As a first step towards evaluating agents that can interact socially, we report results showing that human tutors em- ploying these strategies are able to cover more concepts with the students besides being rated as better integrated, likeable and friendlier.