Benefits of Digital Pedagogical Characters - A Learning Style Perspective
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After having progressed through the introductory parts of the program, including a module for choosing a visual character to represent their virtual instructor or learning companion, the students were (among other things) asked about their views on the idea of using virtual pedagogical characters as an enhancement of learning environment. Furthermore, they were presented with an option between two digital characters with different communicative styles - one strictly task oriented and one task and relation oriented and were asked to give motives for their choice. The students were also asked to fill out a learning style inventory addressing separate versus connected thinking.
The results of the study confirm what has been shown in some other studies, namely that there are considerable individual differences both in attitudes towards digital characters in digital learning environments and in attitudes towards the social orientation of such characters, and that these differences in attitudes may be related to various user characteristics. More specifically, the results of the current study indicate that differences in learning style of the kind assessed in the study belong among those user characteristics. The results are finally discussed in terms of practical implications for the use and design of digital learning environments.
|Research areas and keywords||
Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY
|Journal||The Open Education Journal|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|
Eva Sjöstrand, Ingela Byström, Magnus Lindgren, Johan Mårtensson, Annika Andersson, Birgitta Sahlén, Kristina Hansson, Marianne Gullberg, Roger Johansson, Mikael Johansson, Andreas Falck, Mikael Roll, Freddy Ståhlberg, Merle Horne, Frida Blomberg, Victoria Johansson, Sven Strömqvist, Jens Nirme, Agneta Gulz, Joost van de Weijer, Carita Paradis, Betty Tärning, Ines Bramao, Susan Sayehli, Simone Löhndorf, Caroline Willners, Johan Blomberg, Susanne Schötz, Magnus Haake, Jonas Brännström, Emily Grenner, Peter Gärdenfors, Jana Holsanova, Åsa Wengelin, Magnus Johnsson, Stefan Winberg, Christian Balkenius, Zahra Gharaee & Rasmus Bååth
Swedish Research Council
2008/01/01 → 2018/12/31