The design of wizard-of-oz studies to support students’ learning to learn together

Manolis Mavrikis, Toby Dragon, Bruce McLaren

In: (Hrsg.). Submitted to the Workshop on Intelligent Support for Exploratory Environments 2012: Exploring, Collaborating and Learning Together. International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS) June 14-18 Chania Greece 2012.


This paper presents the design of forthcoming wizard-of-Oz (WOZ) studies in the context of the EU-funded Metafora project that is developing a Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) system to scaffold 12 to 16-year-old students in learning to learn together (L2L2). In the Metafora system, students undertake lengthy collaborative challenges interacting in 3 different spaces: a planning tool, a discussion tool and a domain-specific microworld. In the meantime they are encouraged to reflect on the L2L2 process. We outline the difficulties behind the design of intelligent support for such a complex pedagogical scenario and the need for WOZ studies. We then present how we plan to ease the wizard’s role by providing appropriate tools and templates with the main goal of evaluating potential analysis and feedback possibilities.

Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence