Evaluating an Authoring Tool for Model-Tracing Intelligent Tutoring Systems

  • Stephen B. Blessing
  • Stephen Gilbert
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5091)

Abstract

We have been creating an authoring tool, the Cognitive Model SDK, which allows non-cognitive scientists and non-programmers to produce a cognitive model for model-tracing tutors [1, 2]. The SDK is in use by developers at Carnegie Learning to produce their commercial Cognitive Tutors for math. However, it has never been evaluated with regards to the strong claim that non-cognitive scientists and non-programmers could, without much effort, produce useful cognitive models with it. The research presented here shows that this can be done, using a task that past researchers have used [3]. The models are evaluated across several metrics to see what characteristics of either them or their creators may distinguish better models from worse models. The goal of this work is to establish a baseline for future work examining how cognitive modeling can be opened up to a wider class of people.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen B. Blessing
    • 1
  • Stephen Gilbert
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of TampaTampaUSA
  2. 2.ClearsightedAmesUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyIowa State UniversityAmesUSA

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