Using Bioloid Robots as Tangible Learning Companions for Enhancing Learning of a Semaphore Flag-Signaling System

Abstract

The tangible learning companion (TLC) with anthropomorphic and tangible characteristics is expected to enhance learner's attention and motivation to increase learner's learning performance. Thus, this paper uses a humanoid robot as a TLC to assist learners to participate in Semaphore Flag-signaling System (SFS) learning activities to explore their learning performance and cognitive load. The subject of this paper includes 76 students assigning to two experimental groups. Group 1 learned semaphore by watching videos on computer screen and group 2 used bioloid robot as TLC to learn semaphore. These two groups both used Kinect sensor as motion-sensing input device to do interactive learning with computer screen or bioloid robot. The results showed that these two group learners do not have significant difference on learning performance, but learners of group 2 who used bioloid robot have significant lower cognitive load than group 1. Therefore it can be concluded that TLC can effectively reduce learners' cognitive load and prevent their cognitive overloading during the learning process.



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Sheng-Wen Hsieh, Far East University, Taiwan
Yi-Cheng Shih, National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan

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Conference: ACEID2015
Stream: Technology enhanced and distance learning

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