Center for Research on Engaging Advanced Technology for Education

At CREATE, a multidisciplinary team of researchers collaborate to examine the effective design and development of advanced learning technology for enhanced motivation and learning of K–12 learners in literacy and mathematics education.

Grounded in social cognitive theory and human/computer interaction research, CREATE uses anthropomorphism and embodiment to create social and interactive contexts in technology-based learning environments. Research to date has shown that simulated social relations and social interactions could mediate learners’ confidence and willingness to tackle challenging tasks and thereby encourage their mindful engagement in the tasks. Also, we’ve found that traditionally marginalized groups of students in the classroom take great advantage when they are assisted individually by digital anthropomorphized tutors or peers that supplement classroom learning.