TICL, Volume 11-1, Special Issue on Adaptive Learning is now available at no cost*. Go to www.TutorITweb.com and click on “FOR PROFESSIONALS” (or type Backspace to skip a short slide show on TutorIT). Clicking on “GET TICL Publications” will give you free access to ALL TICL articles.
As summarized in the prolog by Elena Novak and myself, this special issue focuses on three fundamentally different approaches to building and delivering adaptive learning systems.
- Robert (Bob) Sottilare describes an ambitious Generalized Intelligent Framework for Tutoring (GIFT) framework for guiding a broad range of adaptive learning research supported by the US Army.
- John (Dexter) Fletcher summarizes a long history of research in CBI, concluding with a fully developed and empirically tested adaptive learning system supported by DARPA.
- I have two articles: One summarizes recently published work on AuthorIT and TutorIT along with commentary on GIFT goals and relationships to DARPA research. My keynote address to the TICL SIG at AERA in San Antonio traces the long history of deterministic research leading to the Structural Learning Theory (SLT), along with how and why SLT makes it possible to model the way good human tutors interact with students.
Most researchers and many practitioners believe that adaptive learning systems are here to stay. What forms should they take? What are the relative benefits of each? If you have questions or concerns you want addressed, or can add new insights, now is the time to publish them. You are invited to submit informed commentary, well-formed opinions and/or questions to the authors and others who join the conversation.
The only ground rules are that submissions focus on the topic at hand. They may range from short comments and/or questions up to half the length of the material being reacted to.**
If you would like to contribute, please let Managing Editor, Elena Novak email@example.com and me firstname.lastname@example.org know with an estimated time as soon as possible. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
Joseph M. Scandura
Director of Research, TutorITweb.com
Emeritus Professor, University of Pennsylvania
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** If you have an original article on the subject that you would like to submit, it will be welcomed and evaluated on its own merits.