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Yanghee Kim

Yanghee Kim

Associate Professor of Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences

Contact Information

Phone: (435) 797 - 2653
Email: yanghee.kim@usu.edu

Office Hours: By Appointment

(Link to Vitae) (Link to Research Lab, CREATE)

Research Interests

Design of Social and Affective Technology-based Environments

Anthropomorphized interfaces (digital tutors and peers)
Human computer/robot interaction
Learner affect
Culturally and linguistically diverse learners
Equity in STEM education
Design research
Systematic design of instruction

Education

Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
Ph.D. Educational Psychology and Learning Systems
Certificate in Measurement and Statistics - 2004
M.S. in Educational Psychology and Learning Systems - 2001
Certificate in Human Resource Development - 2001

Chonnam National University Gwangju, Korea
M.A. in Pedagogy with an emphasis on Educational Technology - 1998
B.A. Teaching English as a Foreign Language - 1987

Selected Publications

Refereed Journal Articles

Kim, Y., Smith, D. (in press). Pedagogical and technological augmentation of mobile learning for young children. Interactive Learning Environments.

Kim, Y., & Baylor, A. L. (in press). Research-based design of pedagogical agent roles: A review, progress, and recommendations. International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education.

Kim, Y., & Thayne, J. (2015). Effects of learner-instructor relationship building strategies in online video lessons. Distance Education, 36(1), 100-114.

Kim, Y., Smith, D., Kim, N., & Chen, T. (2014). Playing with a robot to learn English vocabulary. KAERA1 Research Forum, 1(2), 3-8

Kim, Y. (2013). The effects of a digital peer on children's text comprehension and perceptions. Journal of Educational Technology & Society, 16(4), 59-70.

Kim, Y., & Lim, J. (2013). Gendered socialization with an embodied agent: Creating a social and affable mathematics learning environment for middle-grade females. Journal of Educational Psychology, 105 (4), 1164-1174. The Special Issue on Advanced Learning Technologies.

Kim, Y., & Wei, Q. (2011). The impact of user attributes and user choice in an agent-based environment. Computers & Education, 56 (2), 505-514.

Kim, Y. (2009). Building social relations with digital virtual peers in web-based learning. International Journal of Learning Technology, 4 (3). 234-249.

Kim, Y., Xu, B., & Sharif, A. (2008). Pedagogical agents rendering social context to an online learning environment MathGirls. International Transactions on Systems Science and Applications, 4(2), 99-106.

Kim, Y., Baylor, A. L., Shen, E., & PALS Group (2007). Pedagogical agents as learning companions: The impact of agent affect and gender. Journal of Computer-Assisted Learning, 23(03), 220-234.

Kim, Y. (2007). Desirable characteristics of learning companions. International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education, 17(04), 371-388.

Kim, Y., & Baylor, A. L. (2007). Pedagogical agents as social models to influence learner attitudes. Educational Technology, 47(01), 23-28.

Kim, Y., & Baylor, A. L. (2006). A social cognitive framework for designing pedagogical agents as learning companions. Educational Technology Research and Development 54(06), 569-596. Paper awarded 2005 Young Scholar Award by Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT).

Kim, Y., & Baylor, A. L. (2006). Pedagogical agents as learning companions: The role of agent competency and type of interaction. Educational Technology Research and Development, 54(03), 223-243.

Kim, Y., Punahm, P., & Ko, Y. (2006). Content-based English learning through pedagogical agents. English Teaching, 61(04), 229-246. The flag journal of the Korean research community of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL).

Baylor, A. L., & Kim, Y. (2005). Simulating instructional roles through pedagogical agents. International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education, 15(04), 95-115.

Book Chapters

Kim, Y, Smith, D., & Thayne, J. (in press). Designing tools that care: The affective qualities of virtual peers, robots, and videos. In S. Tettegah and M. Gartmeiser (Eds), Emotions and technology: Communication of feelings through, with, and for technology (Vol. Emotions, Technonlogy, Learning, and Design): Elsevier, Inc.

Kim, Y.
 (in press). Pedagogical agents. In M.Spector (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Educational Technology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Kim, Y., Wei, Q., Xu, B., Ko, Y., Ilieva, V. (2007). MathGirls: Toward developing girls’ positive attitude and self-efficacy through pedagogical agents. In R. Luckin, K. R. Koedinger, and J. Greer (Eds.), Artificial intelligence in education: Building technology rich learning contexts that work (Vol. 158, pp. 119-126). Los Angeles, CA: IOS Press.

Kim, Y. (2005). Pedagogical agents as learning companions: Building social relations with learners. In C. K. Looi, G. McCalla, B. Bredeweg & J. Breuker (Eds.), Artificial intelligence in education: Supporting learning through intelligent and socially informed technology (Vol. 125, pp. 362-369). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: IOS Press.

Selected Presentations

Peer-Reviewed Presentations

Kim, Y., Smith, D., & Chen, T. (2015). Language learners and robots: Insight for curriculum design. The Annual Conference of American Educational Research Association (AERA): Chicago, IL. April 16 - Apr 20, 2015.

Kim, Y., Burdo, R., & Chen, T. (2014). Promoting and evaluating online learner-instructor relationships. The Annual Conference of American Educational Research Association (AERA): Philadelphia, PA. April 3 - Apr 7, 2014.    

Kim, Y., Gulz, A., Silveryarg, A., Haake, M., Chen, T., Kim, N. (2013). The effect of the visual gender of an embodied agent: A cross-cultural comparison. The Annual Conference of American Educational Research Association (AERA): San Francisco, CA. April 27 - May 1, 2013.

Wei, Q., & Kim, Y. (2012). Can a pedagogical agent help reduce mathematics anxiety?. The Annual Conference of American Educational Research Association (AERA): Vancouver, Canada. April 13 - 17, 2012.

Kim, Y. (2011). Gendered socialization: The impact of an interface agent on middle-grade females’ affect in learning introductory algebra. The Annual Conference of American Educational Research Association (AERA): New Orleans, LA. April 8 - 12, 2011.

Kim, Y., & Lim, J. (2011). The role of student gender for determining the impact of a pedagogical agent. The Annual Conference of American Educational Research Association (AERA): New Orleans, LA. April 8 - 12, 2011.

Kim, Y., & Lim, J. (2010). Pedagogical agents promote young females’ positive mathematics learning experiences. The Annual Conference of American Educational Research Association (AERA): Denver, CO. Apr 30 - May 4, 2010.

Kim, Y. (2009). Toward Creating Computer-Based Math Learning Favoring High-School Females. The Annual Conference of Women in Engineering Proactive Network (WEPAN): Austin, TX. June 17-19, 2009.

Kim, Y., Xu, B., Ko, Y., & Wei, Q. 1 (2008). Affable Reading Tutor (ART): A Virtual Peer Helps Learn Questioning Strategy. The Annual Conference of American Educational Research Association (AERA): New York, NY. March 24-28, 2008.

Kim, Y., Xu, B., Ilieva, V., Wei, Q., & Ko, Y. 1 (2008). A Virtual Peer Encouraging Girls and Minorities to Improve Their Math Self-Efficacy and Math Attitudes. The Annual Conference of American Educational Research Association (AERA): New York, NY. March 24-28, 2008.

Kim, Y., Wei, Q., Xu, B., Ko, Y., Ilieva, V., Lu, Z., & Kolla, R. 1 (2007). MathGirls: Pegadogical Agents Help Increase Girls’ Motivation to Learn Math. In Design and Development Showcase at the Annual Conference of Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT): Anaheim, CA, October 23-27, 2007.

Kim, Y., Xu, B., & Wei, Q. (2007). Virtual Peers Scaffold Motivation to Learn. Workshop on Modeling and Scaffolding Affective Experiences to Impact learning in the 13th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED 2007): Los Angeles, CA. 9-13, 2007.

Kim, Y., Wei, Q., Xu, B., Ko, Y., & Ilieva, V. (2007). MathGirls: Increasing Girls’ Positive Attitudes and Self-Efficacy through Pedagogical Agents. Paper nominated for Best Paper Award at the 13th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED 2007): Los Angeles, CA. July 9-13, 2007.

Kim, Y., Xu, B., Wei, Q., & Ko, Y. (2007). MathGirls: Virtual peers as change agents to improve girls’ math self-efficacy and math attitudes. The Annual Conference of American Educational Research Association (AERA): Chicago, IL. April 9-13, 2007.

Kim, Y., Xu, B., Wei, Q., & Ko, Y. (2007). Creating social affable learning environments. The 18th International Conference of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE): San Antonio, TX. March 26-30, 2007.

Kim, Y., & Wei, Q. (2006). Virtual peers help increase learner self-efficacy. ED-MEDIA: The World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia, and Telecommunication: Orlando, FL. June 26-30, 2006.

Kim, Y.., Flann, N., Wei, Q., Ko, Y., & Alla, S. (2006). MathGirls: Motivating girls to learn math through pedagogical agents. ED-MEDIA: The World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia, and Telecommunication: Orlando, FL. June 26-30, 2006.

Kim, Y., Hamilton, E. R., Zheng, J, & Baylor, A. L. (2006). Scaffolding learner motivation through a virtual peer. The 7th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS): Bloomington, IN. June 27- July 1, 2006.

Kim, Y. & Hamilton, E. R. (2006). A virtual peer can enhance learner self-efficacy. The Annual Conference of American Educational Research Association (AERA): San Francisco, CA. April 7-11, 2006.

Hamilton, E. R., Kim, Y., & Lee, L. (2006). Towards a social-cognitive framework for next-generation networked and hybrid pedagogical agent systems. The Annual Conference of American Educational Research Association (AERA): San Francisco, CA. April 7-11, 2006.

Kim, Y. (2005). Virtual PALs: Will emotion and gender influence learning? The Annual Conference of Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT): Orlando, Florida. October 18-22, 2005.

Kim, Y., & Quan Wei (2005). Reducing math anxiety through virtual PALs. The Annual Conference of Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT): Orlando, Florida. October 18-22, 2005.

Kim, Y. (2005). Empathetic virtual peers enhanced learner interest and self-efficacy. Workshop on Motivation and Affect in Educational Software in the 12th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED 2005): Amsterdam, The Netherlands. July 18-22, 2005.

Kim, Y. (2005). PALs: Building Social Relations with Learners. The 12th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED 2005): Amsterdam, The Netherlands. July 18-22, 2005.

Kim, Y. (2005). Learners’ expectations of the desirable characteristics of virtual learning companions. The Annual Conference of Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS): Utrecht, The Netherlands. July 25-29, 2005.

Kim, Y. & Baylor, A. L. (2005). Pedagogical Agents as Learning Companions: Building Empathetic Relationships with Learners. The Annual Conference of American Educational Research Association (AERA): Montreal, Canada. April 11-15, 2005.

Kim, Y. & Baylor, A. L. (2005). The Impact of Effective Expression and Gender of a Learning Companion. The Annual Conference of American Educational Research Association (AERA): Montreal, Canada. April 11-15, 2005.

Kim, Y., Baylor, A. L., & Reed, G. (2004). Pedagogical agents’ personas: Which affects more, image or voice? The Annual Conference of Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT): Chicago, California. October 19-23, 2004.

Kim, Y. (2004). The impact of the affect and gender of a learning companion on learning outcomes. Instructional Technology Institute: Logan, UT. September 1-3, 2004.

Kim, Y. (2004). Affect and gender of pedagogical agents as learning companions. Dissertation study presented at the Division C Graduate Seminar of the Annual Conference of American Educational Research Association (AERA): San Diego, CA. April 12-16, 2004.

Kim, Y. (2004). Learners’ expectations on the desirable characteristics of learning companions. The Annual Conference of American Educational Research Association (AERA): San Diego, CA. April 12-16, 2004.

Kim, Y. (2004). Designing pedagogical agents as learning companions: The role of competency and interaction type. The Annual Conference of American Educational Research Association (AERA): San Diego, CA. April 12-16, 2004.

Baylor, A. L. & Kim, Y. (2004). Pedagogical agent design: The impact of agent realism, gender, ethnicity, and instructional role. ITS 2004, the 7th International Conference in Intelligent Tutoring Systems: Maceió – Alagoas, Brasil. August 30-September 3, 2004.

Kim, Y. (2003). Things that make pedagogical agents as learning companions effective. E-Learn, the Annual Conference of Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education: Phoenix, Arizona. November 7-11, 2003.

Kim, Y. (2003). Pedagogical agents as learning companions: Its constituents and implications. E-Learn, the Annual Conference of Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education: Phoenix, Arizona. November 7-11, 2003.

Kim, Y., Baylor, A. L., & Reed, G. (2003). The impact of image and voice of pedagogical agents. E-Learn, the Annual Conference of Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education: Phoenix, Arizona. November 7-11, 2003.

Baylor, A. L., & Kim, Y. (2003). The role of gender and ethnicity in pedagogical agent perception. E-Learn, the Annual Conference of Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education: Phoenix, Arizona. November 7-11, 2003.

Kim, Y. (2003). Designing learning companions to achieve greater effectiveness. The Annual Conference of Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT): Anaheim, California. October 22-26, 2003.

Kim, Y.(2003). An agent as a learning companion: What it matters. The Annual Conference of Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT): Anaheim, California. October 22-26, 2003.

Baylor, A. L., & Kim, Y. (2003). Design features for developing pedagogical agents as experts, motivators, and mentors: A validation study. The Annual Conference of Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT): Anaheim, California. October 22-26, 2003.

Kim, Y. (2003). Designing agents as learning companions: Its educational value and potential. The Annual Conference of ED-Media: Honolulu, Hawaii. June 23-28, 2003.

Kim, Y., & Shen, E (2003). The effects of competency and type of interaction of agents as learning companions on agent value, motivation, and learning. The Annual Conference of ED-Media: Honolulu, Hawaii. June 23-28, 2003.

Baylor, A. L., & Kim, Y. (2003). Three pedagogical agent roles: Designing, developing, and validating agent as expert, motivator, and mentors. Annual Conference of ED-Media: Honolulu, Hawaii. June 23-28, 2003.

Driscoll, M., Kim, Y., Suh, S., Lee, Y., & Gao, H. (2002). What is AECT really about? A content analysis of the convention program over the past five years. The Annual Conference of Association for Educational Communication & Technology (AECT): Dallas, Texas. November 12-17, 2002.

Kim, Y. (2000). Web-based instruction for improving reading comprehension skills. The Annual Conference of International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL). Dublin, Ireland. March, 2000.

Kim, Y. (1999). Developing foreign language skills via on-line chatting. The International Conference of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language, Seoul, Korea. June, 1999.

Awards and Honors

2013    Utah State University (USU) Proposal Development Institute Fellow, by the Vice President for Research at USU
2011    USU Exemplary Online Course Design Award, by the Regional Campuses and Distance Education at USU. For the graduate-level blended course, Projects in Instructional Technology
2006    The Utah System of Higher Education Retention Initiative Award, by the State of Utah.
2005    ETR&D Young Scholar Award, Co-sponsored by the journal, Educational Technology Research and Development and the Association for Educational Communications and Technology.
2004    Gagne-Briggs Outstanding Doctoral Student Award, by the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems, Florida State University (FSU)
2004    Ruby Diamond Future Professor Award, by the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems, FSU
2004    Liliana Mulhman Masoner Outstanding International Student Award, by the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems, FSU
2003    ECT Foundation Mentorship Endowment Scholarship, by the Association for Educational Communications and Technology
1999    Teacher of the Year, co-sponsored by the South Korean Ministry of Education and the National English Teachers’ Association
1998    Best Courseware Design & Development, by the Gwangju Office of Education, South Korea. A CD title teaching Korean middle school students English reading comprehension skills
1997    Best Courseware Design & Development, by Ssangyong Information and Communication Corporation, South Korea. A CD title teaching English occupations vocabulary
1997    Best Courseware Design and Development, by the Gwangju Office of Education, South Korea. A CD title teaching Travelers’ English

Projects

Research Lab, CREATE

Grants

Year Grant Name Funding Agency Amount
2013 Learning English with an Educational Robot SK-Telecom International $78,200
2009-2010 Social Affable Virtual Environment (SAVE): Creating Technology-Based Math Favoring Middle-Grade Females Utah State University $20,000
2005-2009 Learning Companions as Change Agents: Improving Girls’ Self-Efficacy Beliefs in Learning Math National Science Foundation Research Grant $499,991
2006-2007 Virtual Peers as Socio-Cognitive Tools: Increasing Learner Performance in Science Text Comprehension Utah State University $27,985
2005-2006 GrantPedagogical Agents as Learning Companions Utah State University $11,800
1999-2000 Classroom-based performance assessments South Korean Ministry of Education $50,000
1998 - 1999 Development of instructional strategies for technology-enhanced learning environments South Korean Ministry of Education $50,000

Teaching

ITLS 4015: Technology Tools and Integration for Teachers
ITLS 6350: Instructional Design Process I (On-campus and Online)
ITLS 7010: Professional Seminar in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences