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Educational Interface Agents as Social Models in Virtual Learning Environments

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Author(s): Ramazan YILMAZ | Ebru KILIÇ ÇAKMAK

Journal: Journal of Kirsehir Education Faculty
ISSN 1302-5007

Volume: 12;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 243;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: Social model | Educational interface agent

ABSTRACT
The increase in the number of students and the amount of information, the complexity of the content, lifelong learning‟s and individual education‟s becoming more of an issue, learners‟ desire to receive education without limitation of time and place led virtual learning environments to become widespread. In spite of the fact that virtual learning environments have a lot of advantages, there are also some disadvantages. One of them is the limitations experienced in providing social interaction with the learners. The studies carried out in recent years predict that some parts of problems the learners experienced in virtual learning environments about social interaction could be resolved by means of “educational interface agents”. In this article, educational interface agents and the importance of them in terms of virtual learning environments are dealt. Information presented in the article was obtained via field survey. Definition of educational interface agents, their characteristics, role and functions, and the use of educational interface agents in virtual learning environments are mentioned in the article.
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