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Title: Intensification of Group Knowledge Exchange with Academically Productive Talk Agents
Authors: Adamson, David
Ashe, Colin
Jang, Hyeju
Yaron, David
Rosé, Carolyn P.
Issue Date: Jun-2013
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Adamson, D., Ashe, C., Jang, H., Yaron, D., & Rosé, C. P. (2013). Intensification of Group Knowledge Exchange with Academically Productive Talk Agents. In Rummel, N., Kapur, M., Nathan, M., & Puntambekar, S. (Eds.), To See the World and a Grain of Sand: Learning across Levels of Space, Time, and Scale: CSCL 2013 Conference Proceedings Volume 1 — Full Papers & Symposia (pp. 10-17). Madison, WI: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: In recent years, intelligent conversational agents have been used with some level of effectiveness as dynamic support for collaborative learning in online chat. The classroom discourse community offers insights from analysis of effective classroom discussion facilitation practices that might productively inspire the design of such facilitator agents. In this paper, we evaluate one such conversational agent-as-facilitator design, drawn from the literature on what has been termed Academically Productive Talk. Specifically we evaluate the effect of a facilitation strategy referred to as Agree/Disagree, where students are prompted to evaluate the assertions of a partner student. In a simple two condition study, we evaluate the effect of this facilitation strategy in comparison with an otherwise identical condition where this facilitation strategy is absent. The results demonstrate a marginal positive effect on learning (effect size .55 standard deviations) and a significant intensification effect on the collaborative discourse.
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