Student modeling and assessment in intelligent tutoring of software patterns

Z. Jeremić, J. Jovanović, D. Gašević

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This paper presents the design, implementation, and evaluation of a student model in DEPTHS (Design Pattern Teaching Help System), an intelligent tutoring system for learning software design patterns. There are many approaches and technologies for student modeling, but choosing the right one depends on intended functionalities of an intelligent system that the student model is going to be used in. Those functionalities often determine the kinds of information that the student model should contain. The student model used in DEPTHS is a result of combining two widely known modeling approaches, namely, stereotype and overlay modeling. The model is domain independent and can be easily applied in other learning domains as well. To keep student model update during the learning process, DEPTHS makes use of a knowledge assessment method based on fuzzy rules (i.e.; a combination of production rules and fuzzy logics). The evaluation of DEPTHS performed with the aim of assessing the system's overall effectiveness and the accuracy of its student model, indicated several advantages of the DEPTHS system over the traditional approach to learning design patterns, and encouraged us to move on further with this research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)210-222
Number of pages13
JournalExpert Systems with Applications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Adaptive presentation
  • Fuzzy logic
  • Intelligent tutoring systems
  • Knowledge assessment
  • Student model

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