The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship? Intelligent Tutoring Systems and MOOCs

  • Vincent Aleven
  • Jonathan Sewall
  • Octav Popescu
  • Franceska Xhakaj
  • Dhruv Chand
  • Ryan Baker
  • Yuan Wang
  • George Siemens
  • Carolyn Rosé
  • Dragan Gasevic
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9112)

Abstract

A key challenge in ITS research and development is to support tutoring at scale, for example by embedding tutors in MOOCs. An obstacle to at-scale deployment is that ITS architectures tend to be complex, not easily deployed in browsers without significant server-side processing, and not easily embedded in a learning management system (LMS). We present a case study in which a widely used ITS authoring tool suite, CTAT/TutorShop, was modified so that tutors can be embedded in MOOCs. Specifically, the inner loop (the example-tracing tutor engine) was moved to the client by reimplementing it in JavaScript, and the tutors were made compatible with the LTI e-learning standard. The feasibility of this general approach to ITS/MOOC integration was demonstrated with simple tutors in an edX MOOC “Data Analytics and Learning.”

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vincent Aleven
    • 1
  • Jonathan Sewall
    • 1
  • Octav Popescu
    • 1
  • Franceska Xhakaj
    • 2
  • Dhruv Chand
    • 3
  • Ryan Baker
    • 4
  • Yuan Wang
    • 4
  • George Siemens
    • 5
  • Carolyn Rosé
    • 1
    • 6
  • Dragan Gasevic
    • 7
  1. 1.Human-Computer Interaction InstituteCarnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburghUnited States
  2. 2.Computer Science DepartmentLafayette CollegeEastonUnited States
  3. 3.Department of Mechanical EngineeringNational Institute of Technology KarnatakaMangaluruIndia
  4. 4.Teacher’s CollegeColumbia UniversityNew YorkUnited States
  5. 5.LINK LabThe University of Texas at ArlingtonArlingtonUnited States
  6. 6.Language Technologies InstituteCarnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburghUnited States
  7. 7.Schools of Education and InformaticsUniversity of EdinburghEdinburghUnited Kingdom

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