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Pilot Test of a Natural-Language Tutoring System for Physics That Simulates the Highly Interactive Nature of Human Tutoring

Katz, Sandra and Albacete, Patricia and Ford, Michael J and Jordan, Pamela and Lipschultz, Michael and Litman, Diane J. and Silliman, Scott and Wilson, Christine (2013) Pilot Test of a Natural-Language Tutoring System for Physics That Simulates the Highly Interactive Nature of Human Tutoring. In: 16th International Conference, AIED 2013, 09 July 2013 - 13 July 2013, Memphis, TN, USA.

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This poster describes Rimac, a natural-language tutoring system that engages students in dialogues that address physics concepts and principles, after students have solved quantitative physics problems. We summarize our approach to deriving decision rules that simulate the highly interactive nature of human tutoring, and describe a pilot test that compares two versions of Rimac: an experimental version that deliberately executes these decision rules within a Knowledge Construction Dialogue (KCD) framework, and a control KCD system that does not intentionally execute these rules.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Katz, Sandrakatz@pitt.eduKATZ
Albacete, Patriciapalbacet@pitt.eduPALBACET
Ford, Michael Jmjford@pitt.eduMJFORD
Jordan, Pamelapjordan@pitt.eduPJORDAN
Lipschultz, Michaelmil28@pitt.eduMIL28
Litman, Diane J.dlitman@pitt.eduDLITMAN
Silliman, Scott
Wilson, Christine
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, or Units > Learning Research & Development Center
Date: 2013
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Volume: 7926
Number: 7926
Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Page Range: 636 - 639
Event Title: 16th International Conference, AIED 2013
Event Dates: 09 July 2013 - 13 July 2013
Event Type: Conference
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1007/978-3-642-39112-5_77
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Computer Science
Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Intelligent Systems
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Natural-language, dialogue, human, tutoring, interaction, hypothesis
ISBN: 978-3-642-39112-5
ISSN: 0302-9743
Official URL:
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2014 17:50
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2017 13:57


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