Educational Research

Educational Research (ISSN: 2141-5161) Vol. 4(10), pp. 710-716, October 2013. DOI: http:/dx.doi.org/10.14303/er.2013.231. Copyright © 2013 International Research Journals

 

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An investigation of student’s attitude towards use of chatbot technology in Instruction: the case of Knowie in a selected high school

Patrick Bii*1, Jackson Too2, Reuben Langat1

1Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Kabianga, Kericho, Kenya

2Department of Curriculum Instruction and Educational Media, School of Education, Moi University, Kenya

*Corresponding Authors E-mail: biiptrk@gmail.com

Received October 8, 2013; Accepted October 22, 2013

Abstract

 

A chatbot named Knowie was implemented on a platform based on the open source software Ubuntu, Python, JDK, and PyAIML. A class of students was then given an opportunity to ask questions of and chat with the bot on a topic they were being taught in class over a period of four weeks. They then completed a questionnaire after the intervention with items designed to determine their attitude towards their experience and to elicit their suggestions on how the chatbot could better be improved and used to suit their requirements.

Keywords: Chatbot Technology, Integration, Constructivist teaching and learning, ICT, Student Attitude.


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