The Affective Meta-Tutoring Project: Lessons Learned

A paper accepted to ITS2014!

12th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems
Hosted by the University of Hawaii at Manoa
Honolulu, Hawaii, US. Jun 2014



The Affective Meta-Tutoring system is comprised of (1) a tutor that teaches system dynamics modeling, (2) a meta-tutor that teaches good strategies for learning how to model from the tutor, and (3) an affective learning companion that encourages students to use the learning strategy that the meta-tutor teaches. The affective learning companion’s messages are selected by using physiological sensors and log data to determine the student’s affective state. Evaluations compared the learning gains of three conditions: the tutor alone, the tutor plus meta-tutor and the tutor, meta-tutor and affective learning companion.


VanLehn, K., Burleson, W., Girard, S., Chavez-Echeagaray, M.E., Gonzalez-Sanchez, J., Hidalgo-Pontet, Y., and Zhang, L. (2014). The Affective Meta-Tutoring project: Lessons Learned. In Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS). Honolulu, HI, US. 5-9 June. Springer. LNCS 8474, pp. 84–93.