TSI-enhanced pedagogical agents to engage learners in virtual worlds

Steve Leung, Sandeep Virwaney, Fuhua Lin, A. J. Armstrong, Adien Dubbelboer

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Building pedagogical applications in virtual worlds is a multi-disciplinary endeavor that involves learning theories, application development framework, and mediated communication theories. This paper presents a project that integrates game-based learning, multi-agent system architecture (MAS), and the theory of Transformed Social Interaction (TSI), the project implements a group of engaging, affectionate and effective pedagogical agents equipped with abilities of self-repsentation, emotional states reasoning and situational awareness. A prototype of a virtual quiz show, QuizMASter, has been implemented to realize these abilities, and will be used to test for the effectiveness of the approach.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Distance Education Technologies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan. 2013


  • Belief-Desire-Intention (BDI) Agent
  • Multiagent Systems
  • Pedagogical Agent
  • Transformed Social Interaction (TSI) Theory
  • Virtual Quiz Games


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