E-book on Intelligent tutoring system (an overview)

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The I-TUTOR consortium has published the e-book “Intelligent tutoring system: an overview“. The report presents the outcomes of a large literature review and the implications of using intelligent tutoring systems in the European scenario.

The first chapter provides an historical excursus and a description of the ITS, from a pedagogical and didactical point of view. Starting from the first domains-centered ITS, to arrive to the ill-structured domains ITS, and finally to reach the actual solutions. In these new solutions, a shift can be seen from ITS that supports one to one learning and interaction to system for collaborative and social learning, from ITS for learning in tightly defined domains and educational contexts to open-ended learning in ill-defined domains across varied physical and social cultural settings and throughout the lifetime, from ITS to support knowledge acquisition to systems for knowledge construction, skills acquisition and reflexive, motivational and affective support, leaving a psychological approach to reach a more pedagogical approach. Actually, research is increasingly focusing on accessible, ubiquitous, wireless, mobile, tangible and distributed interfaces. The final aim is to develop systems that could be used widespread and on a large scale.

The second chapter analyses Cognitive Modeling and the classic modeling used by informatics designers in the ITS construction. The third chapter, data mining in education, examines potentials and constraints in the use of data mining in education, summarizing the potential they have to offer meaningful support to: students, teachers, tutors, authors, developers, researchers, and the education and training institutions in which they work and study. In the fourth chapter a literature review is presented, in order to summarizes directions and research paths in the use of user-profiling, trying to define the main topics that should be considered in future research. Finally, the fifth chapter analyses the basic elements of Instructional Design and the perspectives of the ITS research, dealing with the issue of educational design software. This kind of software allows teachers, even if they are not experts in informatics but only in technology of education, to design their didactic path with the support of software agents

The report is available as a free download in PDF. The EPUB format will be available soon.

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