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    Lesson Authoring System For Creating Interactive Activities Involving Virtual Humans: The Thinking Head Whiteboard

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    Educators continually strive to provide learning materials that are specifically adapted to their students’ unique learning preferences and needs. Software use continues to grow in classrooms however typical educational programs cannot be modified to suit individual learners. The Thinking Head Whiteboard is a lesson authoring tool that provides such a capability, allowing educators without a computer programming background to create their own interactive lessons. The Thinking Head Whiteboard also supports the use of virtual human ‘tutors’ and ‘peers’ within these lessons, making it uniquely suited to assist in areas such as social skills education. Further, the software currently being developed incorporates a basic level of automated assessment, allowing it to adapt on the fly to learner needs, providing repetition of content for struggling learners and fast-tracking those who are proficient. Ultimately, it is hoped that the Thinking Head Whiteboard will become an engaging and useful tool for educators and learners alike.

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    Title : Lesson Authoring System For Creating Interactive Activities Involving Virtual Humans: The Thinking Head Whiteboard
    Author(s) : Marissa Milne, Richard Leibbrandt, Parimala Raghavendra, Martin Luerssen, Trent Lewis, David Powers
    Abstract : Educators continually strive to provide learning materials that are specifically adapted to their students’ unique learning preferences and needs. Software use continues to grow in classrooms however typical educational programs cannot be modified to suit individual learners. The Thinking Head Whiteboard is a lesson authoring tool that provides such a capability, allowing educators without a computer programming background to create their own interactive lessons. The Thinking Head Whiteboard also supports the use of virtual human ‘tutors’ and ‘peers’ within these lessons, making it uniquely suited to assist in areas such as social skills education. Further, the software currently being developed incorporates a basic level of automated assessment, allowing it to adapt on the fly to learner needs, providing repetition of content for struggling learners and fast-tracking those who are proficient. Ultimately, it is hoped that the Thinking Head Whiteboard will become an engaging and useful tool for educators and learners alike.
    Keywords : Thinking Head, Teaching Head, Embodied Conversational Agents, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Assisted Education, Computer Assisted Language Learning

    Subject : Assistive and Educational Technology
    Area : Education
    Language : English
    Year : 2013

    Affiliations Flinders University, School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics, Adelaide, South Australia
    Beijing Municipal Lab for Multimedia & Intelligent Software, Beijing University of Technology, Beijing, China

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