Affiliations: Grupo Alarcos. Escuela Superior de
Informática, Paseo de la Universidad,4 13071 Ciudad Real, Spain.
Abstract: This paper describes a Simulated Student architecture designed to
detect and avoid three situations that decrease the benefits of learning in
collaboration. These are off-topic conversations, students with passive
behaviour and problems related to students' learning. In order to check the
efficiency of the model in a real case a Simulated Student, which has the
features described in the model, was added to a collaborative, synchronous
system for learning programming. This paper describes the experiment undertaken
to test the efficiency of the Simulated Student at correcting the three
negative situations. The experiment showed that in the majority of the
situations the Simulated Student worked correctly, thus proving that the model
proposed is adequate in the avoidance of negative situations.
Keywords: Collaborative learning, simulated student, off-topic conversation, passive students