Conference Paper

The Andes Physics Tutoring System: Five Years of Evaluations.

Conference: Artificial Intelligence in Education - Supporting Learning through Intelligent and Socially Informed Technology, Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education, AIED 2005, July 18-22, 2005, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Andes is a mature intelligent tutoring system that has helped hundreds of students improve their learning of university physics. It replaces pencil and paper problem solving homework. Students continue to attend the same lectures, labs and recitations. Five years of experimentation at the United States Naval Academy indicates that it significantly improves student learning. This report describes the evaluations and what was learned from them.

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