Evaluating an intelligent tutoring system for design patterns: the DEPTHS experience

Zoran Jeremić, Jelena Jovanović, Dragan Gašević

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The evaluation of intelligent tutoring systems (ITSs) is an important though often neglected stage of ITS development. There are many evaluation methods available but literature does not provide clear guidelines for the selection of evaluation method(s) to be used in a particular context. This paper describes the evaluation study of DEPTHS, an intelligent tutoring system for learning software design patterns. The study which took place during the spring semester 2006 was aimed at assessing the system's effectiveness and the accuracy of the applied student model. It also targeted the evaluation of the students' subjective experiences with the system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-130
Number of pages20
JournalEducational Technology and Society
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Adaptive presentation
  • Design patterns
  • Intelligent tutoring systems
  • Learning evaluation
  • Student model assessment evaluation

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