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Multi-level, Modular Authoring for Scenario-Based Intelligent Tutoring Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W91WAW-07-P-0454
Agency Tracking Number: A074-003-0238
Amount: $99,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A07-T003
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2007
Award Year: 2007
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2007-08-27
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2008-02-26
Small Business Information
951 Mariner's Island Blvd., STE 360
San Mateo, CA 94404
United States
DUNS: 608176715
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Sowmya Ramachandran
 Principle Investigator
 (650) 358-8799
 sowmya@stottlerhenke.com
Business Contact
 Carolyn Maxwell
Title: Contracting Manager
Phone: (650) 931-2726
Email: maxwell@stottlerhenke.com
Research Institution
 UNIV. OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
 Erik Vick
 
School of Film & Digital Media Digital Media Div., Box 163121
Orlando, FL 32816-3121
United States

 (407) 823-6107
 Nonprofit College or University
Abstract

Simulations and games are effective as training tools only when accompanied by considerable instructional support. This necessitates the presence of instructors to provide one-on-one help to students working with simulations. Much of the instructional support can be automated by Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITSs). In order to realize the full benefits of the ITS technology, it is important to develop a generalized, modular, plug-and-play ITS architecture which can be interfaced with simulations with minimal programming effort. A modular architecture, along with ITS authoring tools for rapid customization of the ITS to specific domains, will significantly increase the cost-effectiveness of ITSs. This proposal presents a modular, interoperable ITS architecture that can be rapidly interfaced with simulators. We also propose a multi-level authoring approach that provides different levels of content control to different roles in the ITS development. This allows advanced authors and curriculum developers to set up building blocks of tutoring strategies and scenario objects. Instructors can then create scenario exercises by composing the scenario objects and strategies. This system will be integrated with at least two diverse simulations to demonstrate interoperability. Phase I will result in Phase II design and a proof-of-concept prototype that will demonstrate the feasibility of our approach.

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