Intelligent Tools and Instructional Simulations
Final rept. 5 Jan 1996-9 Jan 1997
TEKNOWLEDGE CORP PALO ALTO CA
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This intelligent tools and instructional simulations project was an investigation into the utility of a knowledge-based performance support system to support learning and on-task performance for using desktop applications. The Desktop Associate is a multiagent system that couples a pedagogical agent with a monitoring agent to help users with desktop applications such as spreadsheet programs, word processors, and Internet browsers. It is intented to carry out common business tasks such as evaluating loans, creating a corporate newsletter, or downloading Internet software. The Desktop Associate implementation described in this report is a proof-of-concept design and development effort. It has not been formally tested but encouraging results were received from an early evaluation of the design, development tasks, and its potential capabilities.
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