Applied learning with the virtual teaching assistant

Parker, K and Davey, W 2011, 'Applied learning with the virtual teaching assistant', in Proceedings of the Seventeenth Americas Conference on Information Systems, Detroit, United States, August 4-7, 2011, pp. 1-14.

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Applied learning with the virtual teaching assistant
Author(s) Parker, K
Davey, W
Year 2011
Conference name AMCIS 2011
Conference location Detroit, United States
Conference dates August 4-7, 2011
Proceedings title Proceedings of the Seventeenth Americas Conference on Information Systems
Publisher AIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
Place of publication Detroit, United States
Start page 1
End page 14
Total pages 14
Abstract The relevance of a university degree depends upon the ability of graduates to apply their learning in complex problemsolving situations. This ability should be taught and practiced wherever possible in the curriculum, but often requires asubstantial commitment of face-to-face instructor time. However, in many disciplines software systems can be constructed toprovide or supplement relevant learning environments. This paper describes a system developed through the use of the designand development research technique. The case shows how collaborative, intentional, and project-based learning can beincorporated in and stimulated by design decisions informed by the research technique. The paper provides details about asystem built around realistic role playing and supported by a range of tools. The combination of a scenario with a real-worldcontext, along with a software system that evaluates student work as well as interactively mentoring students, provides theservices of a virtual teaching assistant.
Subjects Information Systems not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Education
project-based learning
design and development research
pedagogical agents
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