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Students in AWE: changing their role from consumers to producers of ITS content

Summary: Students in AWE: changing their role from
consumers to producers of ITS content
Ivon Arroyo, Beverly P. Woolf
Abstract. We describe an authoring environment for an intelligent tutoring system and report on its
successful use by fifth grade students. This research places students in the role of content authors for ITS
and supports them to share their creations and discuss their use, bringing both students and teachers into
the tutoring system development loop. The potential of the idea of students as authors is great. It provides
a way to reduce development costs and to facilitate a school's adoption of ITS technology. It also
provides a medium to pose word problems (and thus follow state-of-the-art educational theories) and
integrate math, science and narrative. It is feasible and accomplishable, as students are willing and excited
about doing it. It opens many other possibilities, such as providing a window to students' perceptions
about student modeling and the misconceptions and cognitive processes underlying problem posing. The
Internet-based authoring environment is titled Animalwatch Web-based Environment (AWE), and it
supports creation of content for the Animalwatch mathematics Intelligent Tutoring System.
1. Introduction
A major burden in the development of Intelligent Tutoring Systems is content creation. A large
amount of content is needed in an ITS to provide appropriate instruction, particularly because the
system will individualizing tutoring for each student. If the pedagogical module concludes that a
student would benefit from a problem of a specific difficulty level, then such problem should be
available to the student. This is one major cost of having an adaptive system. If the system has run


Source: Arroyo, Ivon M. - Center for Knowledge Communication, University of Massachusetts at Amherst


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences