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A Guided Chatbot Learning Experience in the Science Classroom

Jennifer Barnett Davis, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


This dissertation describes a practitioner’s design-based development of a prototype chatbot to guide students in learning biological concepts of genetic mutations and protein synthesis. This chatbot’s architecture provides learning activities, feedback, and support throughout a series of short, connected lessons. The chatbot is designed to scaffold learners through a predict, observe, explain model of inquiry learning. It utilizes real-world phenomena to lead students through biology core ideas, science and engineering practices, and crosscutting concepts. Results of prototype testing include survey results in support of the proof of concept among both students and teachers, as well as accuracy measurements of chatbot intents. Descriptive statistics and suggestions were collected from both groups to evaluate the relevancy, consistency, practicality, and effectiveness of the project as well as speak to improvements for future projects. The designer finds that the construction of chatbots as guided learning experiences holds untapped potential in science educational technology.

Subject Area

Education|Educational technology

Recommended Citation

Barnett Davis, Jennifer, "A Guided Chatbot Learning Experience in the Science Classroom" (2022). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI29998387.