15. Using an Agent or Character

Here’s the Using an Agent or Character learning interaction from my eBook, Engaging Interactions For eLearning:

Description: Use a character (a.k.a. agent) that assists the learner as they progress through an eLearning course. Have the character introduce and discuss content, provide tips and tricks, and periodically stop to ask assessment questions.

Important: Make sure the learner has the ability to show/hide the character (in case it becomes annoying).

Allow the learner to interact with the character by asking it questions (which actually searches a knowledgebase or existing set of questions). Also, if the learner appears to be having issues with an exercise, the character can provide clues.

Example: In a course teaching how to use a new GPS system, use a talking map or compass as a character to introduce content, describe features of the device, and assist with exercises.
Level(s) of Interaction: 2, 3
Knowledge Type(s): Factual
Conceptual
Procedural
Metacognitive
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