AAAI Publications, Twenty-Fourth International FLAIRS Conference

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Exploring the Effects of Errors in Assessment and Time Requirements of Learning Objects in a Peer-Based Intelligent Tutoring System
John Champaign, Robin Cohen

Last modified: 2011-03-21


We revisit a framework for designing peer-based intelligent tutoring systems motivated by McCalla's ecological approach, where learning is facilitated by the previous experiences of peers with a corpus of learning objects. Prior research demonstrated the value of a proposed algorithm for modeling student learning and for selecting the most beneficial learning objects to present to new students. In this paper, we first adjust the validation of this approach to demonstrate its ability to cope with errors in assessing the learning of student peers. We then deepen the representation of learning objects to reflect the expected time to completion and demonstrate how this may lead to more effective selection of learning objects for students, and thus more effective learning. As part of our exploration of these new adjustments, we offer insights into how the size of learning object repositories may affect student learning, suggesting future extensions for the model and its validation.

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