Title: Reusing task-specific knowledge-based systems to generate intelligent tutoring systems

Authors: Eman M. El-Sheikh, Jon Sticklen

Addresses: Department of Computer Science, University of West Florida, 11000 University Parkway, Pensacola, FL 32514, USA. ' Applied Engineering Sciences, Engineering Education Research, College of Engineering, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA

Abstract: This work advances the knowledge-based systems paradigm to address the need for reusable Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITSs), and more cost-effective ITS development methods. We describe a novel approach and architecture that can interact with task-specific knowledge-based systems to automatically generate ITSs for the domains represented by those systems. Our approach facilitates the reuse of both intelligent tutoring components, and problem solving and domain knowledge embedded within knowledge-based systems for tutoring. We describe the development of the architecture, report two case studies on using the architecture to generate ITSs for two very different domains, and present and evaluate our results.

Keywords: knowledge-based systems; KBS; ITS; intelligent tutoring systems; agent paradigms; integrated intelligent systems; task-specific architectures; knowledge reuse; Microsoft Excel; spreadsheets; what-if analysis.

DOI: 10.1504/IJAIP.2009.026568

International Journal of Advanced Intelligence Paradigms, 2009 Vol.1 No.3, pp.251 - 274

Published online: 19 Jun 2009 *

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