Virtual teaching assistants help students learn

Students access content with varying interactivity

Learning in classrooms is usually guided by a teacher, but new research has shown the promise of using virtual assistants. A study has tested the effects of an open learner model, in which students can view and reflect upon their level of mastery in different aspects of problem-solving. Students can then choose which problems to work on in order to progress. Yanjin Long and Vincent Aleven, who conducted the research in two US classrooms, found that students who had control over their learning in this way showed significantly better equation-solving skills and enjoyment levels than their counterparts. Read the full blog post in Hello World issue 12 here. For the original research article, click here.