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Developing Web-based Tutoring Agents Using CORBA PROCEEDINGS

, New Jersey Institue of Technology, United States ; , New Jersey Institute of Technology, United States

WebNet World Conference on the WWW and Internet, in San Antonio, Texas Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

An agent-based approach is used for the design and implementation of a Web-based
learning environment in general chemistry laboratory domain. By taking advantage of the common
object request broker architecture (CORBA), four kinds of agents are implemented: i) the student
agent that models students' learning progress, ii) the expert agent that simulates domain expertise,
iii) the intelligent tutoring agent that scaffolds students' problem-solving processes and the iv)
adaptive lecture guidance (ALG) agent that presents students with adaptive navigation plan. The
advantages of this approach are two-fold. First, the CORBA middleware provides the distributed
communication infrastructure for agents to cooperate and to produce intelligent tutoring behaviors
(ITB). ITB is a critical component to achieve learning efficiency in WWW environments. Second,
the modular and platform independent characters of these agents bring the potential for cooperative
development of reusable educational contents, which in turn provides a more cost-effective system.

Citation

Cao, L. & Bengu, G. (2000). Developing Web-based Tutoring Agents Using CORBA. In Proceedings of WebNet World Conference on the WWW and Internet 2000 (pp. 75-80). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

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