Saturday, August 31, 2019

2019 #VWEDU #DTA: DTA and digicoach take on a form to suit the task: Shoulder pet, HUD, NPC, signs in places.


DTA and digicoach take on forms to suit the task: 
Shoulder pet, HUD, NPC, signs in places.  

The Digicoach cannot emulate a human and need not try.  For traditional content instruction, it might be embodied in scenes relevant to the content.  For coaching to improve learning skills it might he a shoulder pet    This article is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0).
The Empty Classroom
Gone to the digital world

  • DTA and Digicoach are a collection of services to support learning in a digital world. 
  • They would be developed as independent modules and made available that way.
  • Some services fit to places: Digicoach might be objects or signs.
  • Some services should go with the avatar as  a shoulder-pet or a HUD.
  • Some services may work better coming from a human-like form: NPC
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Digicoach as objects

  • Any object in a digital world can be scripted to give information. 
  • The information can be put in local chat or in a notecard
  • For more elaborate information, it can open a web page.
  • The web page can present text, video, audio, or any other media.
  • It can also ask questions and record the answers.
  • If the correct answer is specified (eg., a number) it can evaluate the answer.
  • It can take score-keeping action, such as giving a token for a correct answer.
  • Tokens could be placed on a scoreboard to record progress.
  • The scoreboard could report to the teacher for monitoring performance.

How would you use that?

Digicoach as shoulder pet or HUD

  • A shoulder pet or HUD is closely associated with the learner.
  • These can be scripted to have private communication with the learner.
  • They would accompany the learner to different learning places.  
  • They are best suited to skills not related to specific content.
  • The skill set that permeates all learning is learning-how-to-learn (LHL)

The coaches for learning-how-to-learn

A coach in human form?

  • Human form gets immediate attention.  
  • Animated NPCs are available. 

DTA articles

General

Development considerations

Possible services, education

Possible services, virtual worlds

New century education

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