Workshop Themes

This workshop will provide a forum to shape new research direction that explores how to build on what is known about ITSs to develop lifelong virtual mentors, what are the opportunities and what new challenges have to be addressed. This includes:

  • contextual understanding and broadening the scope of learner modelling (learning attitudes, cultural diversity, gender diversity, experience);
  • support/scaffolding for metacognitive skills and contextualising self-regulated learning in the real world;
  • integration of long term learner modelling with short-term, session-based learner modelling (macro vs micro level of learner modelling);
  • methods/models that can be used for self-regulation and behaviour change;
  • appropriate technologies (social spaces, digital media, pervasive systems, ebooks/hypertext); and
  • techniques for intelligent support and crowdsourcing wisdom.

FOUNDATIONS: What are the key mentoring features; and what theories are they underpinned by?

Example topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Main definitions – mentoring, coaching, advising;
  • Main mentoring features – contextual understanding, nudging, challenging, motivating;
  • Scope – difference between virtual mentors and virtual tutors;
  • Methodologies – design-based research, ecological validity, evaluation.

TECHNOLOGY: What computational models are required to realise mentor-like features; and what are the opportunities and challenges brought by these models?

Example computational models include, but are not limited to:

  • Social interaction spaces
  • Situational simulations
  • Open/interactive learner models
  • Visualisations
  • Interactive pedagogical agents
  • Contextualised nudges
  • Mobile assistants
  • Cognitive computing
  • Wearable technology and sensors

DOMAINS AND CONTEXTS: What challenges are faced in traditional and emerging domains and contexts; and how mentor-like features can address these challenges?

Example domains/contexts include, but are not limited to:

  • Peer mentoring
  • Personalised assistants/buddies
  • Social learning
  • Flipped classroom
  • Workplace learning
  • Career advisors
  • Transferable skills