Persuading an Open Learner Model in the Context of a University Course: An Exploratory Study

Blandine Ginon, Clelia Boscolo, Matthew D. Johnson, Susan Bull

The LEA’s Box open learner model (OLM) allows learners to try to persuade the system to make changes to their learner model by challenging evidence or providing justifications. This aims to help make the OLM more accurate, and provides a means for learners to satisfy themselves that the model does indeed reflect their current state of learning. We report an exploratory study with 15 university students, with learner model data coming from quizzes in a Learning Management System. Students generally claimed to understand the approach of learner model persuasion, how it is useful, how it relates to their learning, and identified cases when they could use persuasion.

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