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What is Educational Chatbot

Handbook of Research on Modern Educational Technologies, Applications, and Management
A specific type of chatbot that is designed to intentionally achieve educational goals. Educational chatbots must have three characteristics: conversational functions, educational goals , and pedagogical roles .
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Essential Features and Critical Issues With Educational Chatbots: Toward Personalized Learning via Digital Agents
Jeremy Riel (University of Illinois at Chicago, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-3476-2.ch015
Conversational agents, also known as chatbots, are automated systems for engaging in two-way dialogue with human users. These systems have existed in one form or another for at least 60 years but have recently demonstrated significant potential with advances in machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies. The use of conversational agents or chatbots for education can potentially reduce costs and supplement teacher instruction in transformative ways for formal learning. This chapter examines the design and status of chatbots and conversational agents for educational purposes. Common design functions and goals of educational chatbots are described, along with current practical applications of chatbots for educational purposes. Finally, this chapter considers issues about pedagogical commitments, ethics, and equity to suggest future work in the field.
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