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Supporting a Learner Community with Software Agents

By Pierre Tchounikine and Neil Taurisson


This paper describes a multi- agent approach that aims at supporting learners involved in a collective activity. We consider pedagogical situations where students have to explicitly define the articulation of their collective work and then achieve the different tasks they have defined. Our objective is to support these students by taking some of these tasks in charge whilst making them work out such organisation features. For this purpose, we propose to consider that the group of students forms a multi- agent system and to introduce software agents that can achieve some of the tasks within this group. This conducts students to tackle the problem in terms of human and software agent coordination. We present how this approach can be conceptualized and modelled using Engeströms triangle, how task delegation can be used as a means to enable students to define the software agents behaviour and the multi-agent implementation we propose

Topics: Collective learning, Activity theory, Multi- Agent System, Technology (General), T1-995, Technology, T, DOAJ:Technology (General), DOAJ:Technology and Engineering, Special aspects of education, LC8-6691, Education, L, DOAJ:Education, DOAJ:Social Sciences
Publisher: International Forum of Educational Technology & Society
Year: 2004
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