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1. Procter, Michael. A multi-agent framework to support user-aware conversational agents In an e-learning environment.

Degree: 2017, Athabasca University

E-learning systems based on a conversational agent (CA) provide the basis of an intuitive, engaging interface for the student. The goal of this thesis is to propose an approach to improve the way that students interact with conversation-based e-learning applications. It attempts to do this through three contributions. The first is the design of an adaptable agent-based framework for improving interactions with conversation-based learning applications. The second contribution is to put forward a new approach to detecting user engagement based on real-time detection of conversational behaviour using the ongoing transcript of the interaction. The last contribution is to validate the approach by using volunteer students to test a proof-of-concept implementation of the framework. The observational and self-report data collected from the student testing provides new insights into how student interact with, and what their priorities are in evaluating, a pedagogical CA. This has implications for future development and research.

2018-06

Advisors/Committee Members: Zhang, Xiaokun (Faculty of Science, School of Computing and Information Systems), Fraser, Shawn (Faculty of Health Disciplines), Lin, Fuhua (Faculty of Science, School of Computing and Information Systems), Heller, Bob (Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences).

Subjects/Keywords: Conversational agents; Multi-agent systems; E-learning systems

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APA (6th Edition):

Procter, M. (2017). A multi-agent framework to support user-aware conversational agents In an e-learning environment. (Thesis). Athabasca University. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10791/234

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Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Procter, Michael. “A multi-agent framework to support user-aware conversational agents In an e-learning environment.” 2017. Thesis, Athabasca University. Accessed August 23, 2017. http://hdl.handle.net/10791/234.

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MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Procter, Michael. “A multi-agent framework to support user-aware conversational agents In an e-learning environment.” 2017. Web. 23 Aug 2017.

Vancouver:

Procter M. A multi-agent framework to support user-aware conversational agents In an e-learning environment. [Internet] [Thesis]. Athabasca University; 2017. [cited 2017 Aug 23]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10791/234.

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Council of Science Editors:

Procter M. A multi-agent framework to support user-aware conversational agents In an e-learning environment. [Thesis]. Athabasca University; 2017. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10791/234

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

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