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A physical robot's effect on vocabulary learning
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC).
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
En fysisk robots påverkan på språkinlärning (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

This thesis investigates the effect on having a physical robot present to take the role of a teacher or exercise partner in a language learning exercise. In order to investigate this, an application was developed enabling a vocabulary exercise to take place in three different situations. In one situation a non-embodied voice would be the teacher, in the second situation an animated face on the screen in front of you would be the teacher, and in the final situation the teacher was move into the physical world by a robotic head with a 3D face mask. Initially one study on a vocabulary exercise with 15 participants was conducted. In order to gather more valuable data, the exercise was redesigned and conducted with another 11 participants.  The results from the user studies are interpreted to point towards a higher task motivation when working with a robotic head.

Abstract [sv]

Denna uppsats undersöker påverkan av att ha en fysiks robot närvarande för att inta rollen som lärare eller övningskamrat i språkinlärning. För att undersöka detta utvecklades en applikation som möjliggjorde genomförandet av en övning av glosor framför en dator i tre olika situationer. I en situation var en icke förkroppsligad röst ledare för övningen, i en annan situation var ett animerat ansikte på skärmen ledare för övningen, och i det sista fallet var övningsledaren förflyttad till fysisk form genom ett robothuvud med en 3D-ansiktsmask. Inledningsvis gjordes en användarstudie med en vokabulärövning med 15 deltagare. För att samla mer data för diskussion strukturerades övningen om och genomfördes med 11 nya deltagare. Resultaten från användarstudierna tolkas som att man kan se en ökad motivation för uppgiften när man arbetar med robothuvudet.

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2015.
Keyword [en]
Computer Assisted Language learning
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Computer Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-179717OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-179717DiVA: diva2:886159
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Master of Science in Engineering - Computer Science and Technology
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Available from: 2016-01-11 Created: 2015-12-21 Last updated: 2016-01-11Bibliographically approved

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