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Type: Conference paper
Title: The effect of interaction granularity on learning with a data normalization tutor
Author: Weerasinghe, A.
Mitrovic, A.
Shareghi Najar, A.
Holland, J.
Citation: Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), 2013 / Lane, H., Yacef, K., Pavlik, P. (ed./s), vol.7926 LNAI, pp.463-472
Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Issue Date: 2013
Series/Report no.: Lecture Notes in Computer Science; v. 7926
ISBN: 9783642391118
ISSN: 0302-9743
1611-3349
Conference Name: 16th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education (09 Jul 2013 - 13 Jul 2013 : Memphis, TN, USA)
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Amali Weerasinghe, Antonija Mitrovic, Amir Shareghi Najar, and Jay Holland
Abstract: Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITSs) have proven their effectiveness in many instructional domains, ranging in the complexity of domain theories and tasks students are to perform. The typical effect sizes achieved by ITSs are around 1SD, which are still low in comparison to the effectiveness of expert human tutors. Recently there have been several analyses done in order to identify the factors that contribute to success of human tutors, and to replicate it in ITSs. VanLehn [6] proposes that the crucial factor is the granularity of interaction: the lower the level of discussions between the (human or artificial) tutor and the student, the higher the effectiveness. We investigated the effect of interaction granularity in the context of NORMIT, a constraint-based tutor that teaches data normalization. Our study compared the standard version of NORMIT, which provided hints in response to errors, to a version which used adaptive tutorial dialogues instead. The results show that the interaction granularity hypothesis holds in our experimental situation, and that the effect size achieved is consistent with other reported studies of a similar nature.
Keywords: effectiveness of ITSs; interaction granularity hypothesis; empirical study; tutorial dialogues; NORMIT
Rights: © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013
RMID: 0030011777
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-39112-5_47
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