283 – Programmer, Engage: Promoting Engagement in Virtual Learning Environments

Project Name
Promoting Engagement in Virtual Learning Environments

Project Description
The Engage project at ICT seeks to investigate motivation and engagement in game-based, virtual learning experiences. Specifically, the project focuses on how interactions with virtual humans can be made more effective and compelling for learners. If you have ever interacted with characters in video games or web-chat programs, you probably know there is much room for improvement! In this stage of the project, we will be analyzing data and finalizing service-oriented modules for optimizing interactions with agents. This analysis will include investigating the role of emotions and feedback from the system and its impact on engagement experienced by learners.

Job Description
The goal of the internship will be to expand the repertoire of the system to further enhance learning and engagement. The specific tasks will be determined based on the status of the project at the time of the internship as well as your interests. Possible topics include work with: (1) modifying the intelligent tutoring system and how it supports the learner, and (2) models driving the virtual human utterances and behaviors, and (3) emotion coding, statistical analysis, and/or data mining to identify patterns of interactions between human subjects and the intelligent tutoring system.

Preferred Skills

  • C#, Java, Python
  • Basic AI Programming or Statistics
  • Strong interest in human and virtual behavior and cognition

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