Towards a reflective practicum of embodied conversational agent experiences

Diego Rivera-Gutierrez, Andrea Kleinsmith, Teresa Johnson, Rebecca Lyons, Juan Cendan, Benjamin Lok

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Abstract

A reflective practicum is a low-pressure, low-risk learning environment. In a reflective practicum a learner is educated in a professional practice and how to use reflection in the setting of that professional practice. An example of a low-pressure and low-risk learning environment is the use of embodied conversational agents (ECAs) in medicine to provide training for interviewing and diagnostic skills. However, such ECA experiences have not been used to teach how to use reflection in the setting of a professional practice. In this paper we present a framework that supports explicit reflective learning for ECA experiences. Using this framework, ECA experiences become a reflective practicum. This framework was applied to an ECA experience called the Neurological Examination Rehearsal Virtual Environment (NERVE), and created a sample experience called the NERVE Reflective Practicum (NERVE-RP). We conducted a user study in which second-year medical students (n = 76) used NERVE-RP and engaged in reflection based on the experience. The results of the user study show that students engage in valuable reflections during the experience including instances of critical reflection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - IEEE 14th International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, ICALT 2014
EditorsRonghuai Huang, Kinshuk, Demetrios G. Sampson, Michael J. Spector, Nian-Shing Chen
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages694-698
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781479940387
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 17 2014
Event14th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, ICALT 2014 - Athens, Greece
Duration: Jul 7 2014Jul 9 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE 14th International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, ICALT 2014

Other

Other14th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, ICALT 2014
CountryGreece
CityAthens
Period7/7/147/9/14

Keywords

  • embodied conversational agents
  • reflective learning
  • reflective practicum
  • virtual patients

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Education

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    Rivera-Gutierrez, D., Kleinsmith, A., Johnson, T., Lyons, R., Cendan, J., & Lok, B. (2014). Towards a reflective practicum of embodied conversational agent experiences. In R. Huang, Kinshuk, D. G. Sampson, M. J. Spector, & N-S. Chen (Eds.), Proceedings - IEEE 14th International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, ICALT 2014 (pp. 694-698). [6901579] (Proceedings - IEEE 14th International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, ICALT 2014). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICALT.2014.202