ROBIN: Using a programmable robot to provide feedback and encouragement on programming tasks

Ishrat Ahmed, Nichola Lubold, Erin Walker

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Abstract

LEGO Mindstorms robots are a popular educational tool for teaching programming concepts to young learners. However, learners working with these robots often lack sufficient feedback on their programs, which makes it difficult for them to reflect on domain concepts and may decrease their motivation. We see an opportunity to introduce feedback into LEGO Mindstorms programming environments by having the robot itself deliver feedback, leveraging research on learning companions to transform the programmable robot into a social actor. Our robot, ROBIN, provides learners with automated reflection prompts based on a domain model and the student’s current program, along with social encouragement based on a theory of instructional immediacy. We hypothesize that by having the robot itself provide cognitive and social feedback, students will both reflect more on their misconceptions and persist more with the activity. This paper describes the design and implementation of ROBIN and discusses how this approach can benefit students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationArtificial Intelligence in Education - 19th International Conference, AIED 2018, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages9-13
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9783319938455
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2018
Event19th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education, AIED 2018 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: Jun 27 2018Jun 30 2018

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume10948 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Other

Other19th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education, AIED 2018
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period6/27/186/30/18

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Keywords

  • Feedback
  • Immediacy
  • LEGO mindstorms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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Ahmed, I., Lubold, N., & Walker, E. (2018). ROBIN: Using a programmable robot to provide feedback and encouragement on programming tasks. In Artificial Intelligence in Education - 19th International Conference, AIED 2018, Proceedings (pp. 9-13). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 10948 LNAI). Springer Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-93846-2_2