The virtual tutor as learning mediating artifact in online university education (TutoriaVirtual)

Type: National Project Project

Duration: from 2016 Jul 01 to 2019 Jun 01

Financed by: FCT

Prime Contractor: Universidade Aberta (University)

In this project, we want to analyze the pedagogic impact of anthropomorphic user interfaces, also named Embodied Conversational Agents (ECA) or “avatars”, on online learning (OL) environments that are based on learning management systems (LMS) and targeted for use in university level courses. The main idea behind the project is to understand how ECAs may be modeled/adapted as Virtual Tutors in LMS and make available online help and guidance to each individual student. A Virtual Tutor is analogous to a human tutor in that it can autonomously interpret each individual learning situation and effectively intervene, in face of the online knowledge domain and the student profile, in the learning process according to a given tutoring plan that encompasses a set of instructions given by the human teacher/tutor.


  • Centro de Investigação em Artes e Comunicação (UALG e ESTC/IPL) (CIAC (Other)
  • FFCUL (Other)
  • Instituto de Biosistemas & Ciências Integrativas (BioISI/FFC/FC/UL) (Other)
  • Universidade de Aveiro (University) - Aveiro, Portugal
  • Universidade do Algarve (University) - Faro, Portugal

Principal Investigators