Enhancing Free-text Interactions in a Communication Skills Learning Environment

R. Lala, J.T. Jeuring, Marcell Van Geest, Stefan Ruseti, Mihai Dascălu, Jordy Van Dortmont, Gabriel Gutu-Robu, Michiel H Hulsbergen

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Abstract

Learning environments frequently use gamification to enhance user interactions.Virtual characters with whom players engage in simulated conversations often employ prescripted dialogues; however, free user inputs enable deeper immersion and higher-order cognition. In our learning environment, experts developed a scripted scenario as a sequence of potential actions, and we explore possibilities for enhancing interactions by enabling users to type free inputs that are matched to the pre-scripted statements using Natural Language Processing techniques. In this paper, we introduce a clustering mechanism that provides recommendations for fine-tuning the pre-scripted answers in order to better match user inputs.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Wide Lens
Subtitle of host publicationCombining Embodied, Enactive, Extended, and Embedded Learning in Collaborative Settings
EditorsKristine Lund, Gerald P, Niccolai, Elise Lavoué, Cindy Hmelo-Silver, Gweon Gweon, Michael Baker
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences
Pages877-878
Volume2
ISBN (Print)978-1-7324672-4-8
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jun 2019
Event13th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning - Monod Campus, Lyon, France
Duration: 17 Jun 201921 Jun 2019
Conference number: 13

Conference

Conference13th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning
CountryFrance
CityLyon
Period17/06/1921/06/19

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