Can avatars replace the trainer? A case study evaluation

Mahmood, Ahmad Kamil (2004) Can avatars replace the trainer? A case study evaluation. In: Conference of ICEIS 2004.

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E-learning implementations have become an important agenda item for academic and business in′stitutions as an enabler to complement their education and training needs. However, many of the existing e-learning systems, present several limitations such as them being static, passive and consisting of a time-consuming set of services. This has highlighted the need for functionality, which allows more creativity, autonomy, and flexibility on behalf of the learner. The inclusion of avatar technology in e-learning environments has been of growing interest, aiming to encourage the learner to become more engaged and motivated whilst augmenting the use of human trainers. However, the empirical investigations on the effect of animated agents in teaching and learning has revealed diverse results in a continuum from avatars being helpful to them being distracting. This research has evaluated the utility of avatars. Unusually, the research has chosen a qualitative, interpretive approach with supporting case study data as the chosen research methodology. The justification for this research approach will be made and the initial findings will be presented together with a proposed conceptual framework.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Impact Factor: cited By (since 1996) 0; Conference of ICEIS 2004 - Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems; Conference Date: 14 April 2004 through 17 April 2004; Conference Code: 63846
Uncontrolled Keywords: Animation; Data acquisition; Education; Learning systems; Societies and institutions, Avatars; e-Learning; Interpretive case study; Learning effectiveness, Electronic commerce
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Departments / MOR / COE: Departments > Computer Information Sciences
Depositing User: Dr Ahmad Kamil Mahmood
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2010 03:35
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2010 03:35

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