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Building Intelligent Interactive Tutors by Beverly Park Woolf

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Chapter 2. Issues and Features

Building intelligent tutors requires an appreciation of how people learn and teach. The actual type of system is unimportant; it can be a simulation, an open-ended learning environment, a game, a virtual reality system, or a group collaboration. This chapter focuses on issues and features common to all intelligent tutors. Although experts do not agree on the features sufficient to define intelligent tutors, those systems with more features seem to have more intelligence and several capabilities distinguish intelligent systems from computer-assisted instruction (CAI). We describe several intelligent tutors, provide a brief theoretical framework for developing teaching environments, and review three academic disciplines ...

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