Hey Google, Can You Help Me Learn?

Smit Desai, Jessie Chin

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In this provocation, we discuss the capacities and limitations of using commercially available smart speakers like Amazon Echo and Google Home to support informal learning. Bridging theories in self-regulated learning (SRL) and metacognition, we discuss whether smart speakers can (1) help learners to learn on their own and (2) help learners to learn better. We evaluate the current applications of smart speakers on learning and suggest future directions to harness smart speakers as learning partners in informal learning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 3rd Conference on Conversational User Interfaces, CUI 2021
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Electronic)9781450389983
StatePublished - Jul 27 2021
Event3rd Conference on Conversational User Interfaces, CUI 2021 - Virtual, Online, Spain
Duration: Jul 27 2021Jul 29 2021

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


Conference3rd Conference on Conversational User Interfaces, CUI 2021
CityVirtual, Online


  • Computer-Based Learning Environments
  • Informal Learning
  • Metacognition
  • Self-Regulated Learning
  • Voice User Interface

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Software

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