The 1st Workshop on Child, Computer and Interaction (WOCCI2008)

Chania, Crete, Greece
October 23, 2008

Just in Time Learning: Implementing Principles of Multimodal Processing and Learning for Education of Children with Special Needs

Dominic W. Massaro

Department of Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA, USA

Our language-training program, which utilizes embodied conversational agents as tutors, who guide students through a variety of exercises designed to teach vocabulary and grammar, to improve speech articulation, and to develop linguistic and phonological awareness. With our Lesson Creator, teachers, parents, and even students can build original lessons that allow concepts, vocabulary, and pictures to be easily integrated. This user-friendly application allows the composition of lessons with minimal computer experience and instruction. Although it has many options, the program has wizard-like features that direct the coach to explore and choose among the alternative implementations in the creation of a lesson. The Lesson Creator application facilitates the specialization and individualization of lessons by allowing teachers to create customized vocabulary lists Just in Time as they are needed. The Lesson Creator allows the coach to give descriptions of the concepts as well as corrective feedback, which allows errorless learning and encourages the child to think as they are learning. Finally, there is an example of lesson created in the Lesson Creator, and are playable in Timo Vocabulary.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Massaro, Dominic W. (2008): "Just in time learning: implementing principles of multimodal processing and learning for education of children with special needs", In WOCCI-2008, paper 09.