Speech and Language Technology in Education (SLaTE2007)

The Summit Inn, Farmington, PA, USA
October 1-3, 2007

Supporting Students Working Together on Math with Social Dialogue

Rohit Kumar (1), Gahgene Gweon (2), Mahesh Joshi (1), Yue Cui (1), Carolyn Penstein Rosé (1,2)

(1) Language Technologies Institute, (2) Human Computer Interaction Institute, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

In this paper, we describe an environment for supporting collaborative problem solving that uses dialogue agents both for creating a collaborative attitude between students as well as for offering instruction. We evaluated the effect of the social dialogue agents on student collaboration by contrasting a condition that included the social agents with a condition that did not include them. Both conditions involved dialogue agents for offering math instruction. Our finding is that the social agents changed the attitude students displayed towards one another as well as their perceptions of how much help they gave a received. There was some weak evidence suggestive of a positive learning effect.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Kumar, Rohit / Gweon, Gahgene / Joshi, Mahesh / Cui, Yue / Rosé, Carolyn Penstein (2007): "Supporting students working together on math with social dialogue", In SLaTE-2007, 96-99.