Preliminary investigation on the effectiveness of robotic teacher application in Malaysia technical education

Blar, Noraidah (2017) Preliminary investigation on the effectiveness of robotic teacher application in Malaysia technical education. Masters thesis, Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka.

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Application of robots is one of the trending used for this recent time. There is huge number of applications of robots in industry. Another application of the robot is in the education field. Normally, a robot is used in assisting teacher in their classroom, such as delivering stories, assisting in group activities, and showing interesting educational media. Meanwhile, in higher technical education, industrial type of robot is used by lecturers to teach students. There are plenty of robot teacher applications around the world. Robots in education are used widely in another country, but it is not in Malaysia yet. With the existing situation, this research work aimed to focus on studying the effectiveness and application of robot teacher in technical education. The question is, how effective is the robot in acting as a teacher? There are ways to measure the teaching effectiveness but it is not confirm that it can be applied to robot teacher. Another problem in applying robotic teacher is perception of the subjects (students). Many assumptions can be made, but what is the reality of the students' feeling? The objectives of this research work are to identify the possibility of applying robot as a teacher in technical studies, to investigate the effectiveness of a robot teacher by comparing the experimental results with a human teacher performance, and to determine the fundamental perceptions of the students (participants) that influence the student-robot teacher interaction, that may affect the effectiveness of robotic teacher application. Generally, the purpose of this research is to investigate the human-robot interaction in education environment. This is especially important for technical students from Malaysia. The method used to measure the robot teacher effectiveness is by giving quiz and questionnaire to the selected students. Distributing surveys to a number of participants is the first method in collecting the data needed for this research work before proceed to the experiments. NAO robot is properly programmed and used during the experiments. A set of quiz and questionnaire are constructed according to the elements (Interaction, Observation, and Understanding) that used to measure the effectiveness of teaching. The topic that has been decided for teaching the students is "Introduction to Mechatronics". Quiz and questionnaire is given to students after robot and human teacher finish their teaching for analysis. The comparison of robot and human teacher is made through (the result of the quiz and questionnaire). The results show that there is a possibility to use robot as a teacher since most of the students reacted in excited way during the robot teacher is teaching them. Although the effectiveness of the robot teacher is not good as the human teacher, this research work founds the factors that can increase the effectiveness in teaching. An important point that can be obtained from the result is students feel more excited when a robot is teaching them compared to a human teacher perhaps because of the character of the robot. From that point, this experiment contributes one of a very valuable knowledge on how a new thing attracts people and they keep their attention to it.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Teaching, Evaluation, Methodology, Teaching, Methods, Case studies
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions: Library > Tesis > FKP
Depositing User: Mohd Hannif Jamaludin
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2018 02:17
Last Modified: 28 Dec 2022 16:03
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