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Authoring Effective Embedded Tutors: An Overview Of The Extensible Problem Specific Tutor (Xpst) System, Stephen B. Gilbert, Stephen B. Blessing, Enruo Guo Jan 2015

Authoring Effective Embedded Tutors: An Overview Of The Extensible Problem Specific Tutor (Xpst) System, Stephen B. Gilbert, Stephen B. Blessing, Enruo Guo

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Publications

The Extensible Problem Specific Tutor (xPST) allows authors who are not cognitive scientists and not programmers to quickly create an intelligent tutoring system that provides instruction akin to a model-tracing tutor. Furthermore, this instruction is overlaid on existing software, so that the learner’s interface does not have to be made from scratch. The xPST architecture allows for extending its capabilities by the addition of plug-ins that communicate with additional third-party software. After reviewing this general architecture, we describe three major implementations that we have created using the xPST system, each using different third-party software as the learner’s interface ...


Using Conceptgrid As An Easy Authoring Technique To Check Natural Language Responses, Stephen B. Blessing, Shrenik Devasani, Stephen B. Gilbert, Jivko Sinapov Jan 2015

Using Conceptgrid As An Easy Authoring Technique To Check Natural Language Responses, Stephen B. Blessing, Shrenik Devasani, Stephen B. Gilbert, Jivko Sinapov

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Publications

ConceptGrid provides a template-style approach to check natural language responses by students using a model-tracing style intelligent tutoring system. The tutor-author creates, using a web-based authoring system, a latticestyle structure that contains the set of required concepts that need to be in a student response. The author can also create just-in-time feedback based on the concepts present or absent in the student's response. ConceptGrid is integrated within the xPST authoring tool and was tested in two experiments, both of which show the efficacy of the technique to check student answers. The first study tested the tutor's effectiveness overall ...