XTutor: An intelligent tutor system for science and math based on excel

Roxana Gheorghiu, Kurt Vanlehn

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

2 Scopus citations

Abstract

VanLehn argued that an essential feature of many intelligent tutoring systems (ITSs) is that they provide feedback and hints on every step of a multi-step solution.But if step-based feedback and hints alone suffice for strong learning gains, as Anderson et al. conjecture ([1]), then perhaps a lightweight tutoring system that employ only feedback and bottom-out hints would have advantages. This motivates the current project.Using Excel there are some immediately advantages that can be obtained: most people is familiar with its user interface and its notation for mathematical expressions, Excel already contains facilities for solving some systems of equations and it can be easy combined with many other pieces of software, making it easier for instructors to include the tutor in their course activities. Finally, web-based delivery is simple because most students already have and use Excel.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIntelligent Tutoring Systems - 9th International Conference, ITS 2008, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages749-751
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)3540691308, 9783540691303
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
Event9th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems, ITS 2008 - Montreal, QC, Canada
Duration: Jun 23 2008Jun 27 2008

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume5091 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Other

Other9th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems, ITS 2008
Country/TerritoryCanada
CityMontreal, QC
Period6/23/086/27/08

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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