A Knowledge-Based Intelligent Tutoring System: ACQUIRE (Trademark)-ITS,
ADVISORY GROUP FOR AEROSPACE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT NEUILLY-SUR-SEINE (FRAN CE)
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Acquired Intelligence Inc has developed an automated knowledge acquisition system and expert system shell known as ACQUIRE. A project has been undertaken to extend the ACQUIRE system for use as a domain independent, knowledge-based Intelligent Tutoring System. The intent of this project was to provide the tools that would enable corporate or governmental personnel to rapidly develop their own expert system knowledge bases and rapidly convert these knowledge bases for use in taskcase oriented training. A major thrust of this project was to provide tools that would enable computer users, rather than computer professionals, to develop the training packages. This extension to ACQUIRE has involved the development of two major modules the Curriculum Author Module and the Tutoring Module. Using the Curriculum Author Module experts or instructors are able to develop a curriculum composed of lessons in a case study approach. The system is oriented toward learning by doing, i.e., students learn by solving actual cases - supported by simulation if required. The Tutoring Module monitors a students progress is solving cases and constructs a representation of the students growing knowledge as a naive ACQUIRE knowledge base.
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