Accession Number : ADA336085

Title :   Agent-Enhanced Electronic Classroom on the Web

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 13 Sep 96-27 May 97

Corporate Author : CHARLES RIVER ANALYTICS INC CAMBRIDGE MA

Personal Author(s) : Mazzu, James M. ; Deluca, Alfred J. ; Seadia, Joshua ; Das, Subrata K.

PDF Url : ADA336085

Report Date : SEP 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 66

Abstract : This report documents an effort to develop a prototype Agent Enhanced Electronic Classroom (eClass) that uses intelligent agents as tutors and coaches. In this Phase 1 project, we worked alongside the UMass Dartmouth Division of Continuing Education to investigate an electronic classroom architecture which will complement the training objectives of the Five Pillars of the WF XXI Campaign. The architecture developed incorporates intelligent software agent technology capable of personalizing course content to each student. The eClass prototype was completed during this Phase 1 effort, and is available through the web at http://agents.cra.com/eclass. The selected training content for the prototype involves learning how to interpret aviation weather reports. The eClass Agent allows students to navigate through course content (a coded weather report), bringing the student quizzes and exams when the student has reviewed the corresponding material. The agent corrects the exams and coaches the student through additional material. Evaluation of the prototype eClass was conducted primarily at the Eastern Aviation Army National Guard Training Site in Ft. Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania. The Phase 1 prototype can easily be customized for any number of web based training materials providing a high commercial potential.

Descriptors :   *COMPUTER COMMUNICATIONS, *COMPUTER AIDED INSTRUCTION, *INTERNET, SOFTWARE ENGINEERING, INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS, COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE, PROTOTYPES, MILITARY TRAINING, PROGRAMMED INSTRUCTION, ADAPTIVE TRAINING, CONDITIONING(LEARNING), TEACHING MACHINES.

Subject Categories : Computer Systems
      Humanities and History

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE