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Immersive virtual environments and embodied agents for e-learning applications

Fitton, Isabel, Finnegan, Daniel J. ORCID: and Proulx, Michael 2020. Immersive virtual environments and embodied agents for e-learning applications. PeerJ Computer Science 6 , e315. 10.7717/peerj-cs.315

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Massive Open Online Courses are a dominant force in remote-learning yet suffer from persisting problems stemming from lack of commitment and low completion rates. In this initial study we investigate how the use of immersive virtual environments for Power-Point based informational learning may benefit learners and mimic traditional lectures successfully. We examine the role of embodied agent tutors which are frequently implemented within virtual learning environments. We find similar performance on a bespoke knowledge test and metrics for motivation, satisfaction, and engagement by learners in both real and virtual environments, regardless of embodied agent tutor presence. Our results raise questions regarding the viability of using virtual environments for remote-learning paradigms, and we emphasise the need for further investigation to inform the design of effective remote-learning applications.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Computer Science & Informatics
Additional Information: Creative Commons CC-BY 4.0
Publisher: PeerJ
ISSN: 2376-5992
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 23 October 2020
Date of Acceptance: 19 October 2020
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2023 03:17

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