Building Intelligent Interactive Tutors

Student-centered strategies for revolutionizing e-learning


  • Beverly Woolf, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA

Computers have transformed every facet of our culture, most dramatically communication, transportation, finance, science, and the economy. Yet their impact has not been generally felt in education due to lack of hardware, teacher training, and sophisticated software. Another reason is that current instructional software is neither truly responsive to student needs nor flexible enough to emulate teaching. The more instructional software can reason about its own teaching process, know what it is teaching, and which method to use for teaching, the greater is its impact on education. Building Intelligent Interactive Tutors discusses educational systems that assess a student's knowledge and are adaptive to a student's learning needs. Dr. Woolf taps into 20 years of research on intelligent tutors to bring designers and developers a broad range of issues and methods that produce the best intelligent learning environments possible, whether for classroom or life-long learning. The book describes multidisciplinary approaches to using computers for teaching, reports on research, development, and real-world experiences, and discusses intelligent tutors, web-based learning systems, adaptive learning systems, intelligent agents and intelligent multimedia.
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Professionals, graduate students, and others in computer science and educational technology who are developing online tutoring systems to support elearning, and who want to build intelligence into the system.


Book information

  • Published: August 2008
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-373594-2


"In one volume, Beverly Woolf provides a thorough and engaging introduction to the field of intelligent tutoring and related AI-based educational systems, covering the multiple approaches nascent in the field along with detailed case studies and the practical details of implementation. There is much to savor, both for the seasoned practitioner and those sampling the field for the first time." -- William R. Murray, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, Knowledge Systems Research, Boeing Phantom Works "The book has broad coverage of all the interdisciplinary aspects that the field draws upon. No one, except an expert intelligent tutoring builder like Beverly could have written this book. She uses as examples of intelligent tutoring system from others leading intelligent tutoring, as well as talking about systems her and her colleagues have built." - Neil T. Heffernan, Assistant Professor, Computer Science Dept, Fuller Labs "Woolf's Building Intelligent Interactive Tutors is a thorough, clear, logical description of the science, technology, methods, and rationale behind a very important, up-and-coming, educational technology: Intelligent Tutoring Systems. It will be very beneficial to developers and users (teachers and students) of ITSs and those who make instructional technology acquisition decisions. It's sure to become the standard, referenced ITS text." – Dick Stottler, President, Stottler Henke Associates, Inc.

Table of Contents

PART I: INTRODUCTION TO ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND EDUCATION1. Introduction 2. Features PART II: REPRESENTATION, REASONING AND ASSESSMENT 3. Student Knowledge4. Tutoring Knowledge5. Communication Knowledge6. Evaluation of Tutors PART III: TECHNOLOGIES AND ENVIRONMENTS7. Machine Learning 8. Inquiry and Collaboration Tutors9. Web-based Tutors10. Future view