Fitting spatial ability and free-formed questions into Intelligent Tutoring Systems development

Nancy Milik, Antonija Mitrovic, Michael Grimley

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Abstract

Building effective learning tools is an art that can only be perfected by a great deal of explorations involving the tools' audience: the learners. This paper focuses on accounting for the learners' spatial ability as well as providing an additional help channel in Intelligent Tutoring Systems. We modified ERMTutor, a constraint-based tutor that teaches logical database design, to provide not only textual feedback messages, but also messages containing combinations of text and pictures, in accordance with the multimedia theory of learning [1]. We also added a question-asking module which enables students to ask freeform questions. Results of preliminary studies performed show a promising indication for further explorations. We plan to use these results as the basis for another evaluation study in early 2007.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 13th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education
Place of PublicationLos Angeles, CA, USA
PublisherArtificial Intelligence in Education
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event5th New Zealand Computer Science Research Student Conference, NZCSRSC 2007 - Hamilton, New Zealand
Duration: 10 Apr 200713 Apr 2007

Conference

Conference5th New Zealand Computer Science Research Student Conference, NZCSRSC 2007
CountryNew Zealand
CityHamilton
Period10/04/0713/04/07

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    Milik, N., Mitrovic, A., & Grimley, M. (2007). Fitting spatial ability and free-formed questions into Intelligent Tutoring Systems development. In Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education Artificial Intelligence in Education.