Automated Scenario Adaptation in Support of Intelligent Tutoring Systems

Niehaus1, J., Li2, B., and Riedl2, M.

Proceedings of The 24th International Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society Conference (FLAIRS), Palm Beach, FL (May 2011)

Learners may develop expertise by experiencing numerous different but relevant situations. Computer games and virtual simulations can facilitate these training opportunities, however, because of the relative difficulty in authoring new scenarios, the increasing need for new and different scenarios becomes a bottleneck in the learning process. Furthermore, a one-size-fits-all scenario may not address all of the abilities, needs, or goals of a particular learner. To address these issues, we present a novel technique, Automated Scenario Adaptation, to automatically “rewrite” narrative scenario content to suit individual learners’ needs and abilities and to incorporate recent changes from real world learning needs. Scenario adaptation acts as problem generation for intelligent tutoring systems, producing greater learning opportunities that facilitate engagement and continued learner involvement.

1 Charles River Analytics Inc.

2 School of Interactive Computing Georgia Institute of Technology

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