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Alke Martens and Jan Himmelspach (2005)

Combining Intelligent Tutoring and Simulation Systems

In: Proc. of the International Conference on Simulation in Human Computer Interfaces, SIMCHI, Part of the Western Multi Conference WMC '05, pp. 65–70.

Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS) are well established in educational settings for more than 30 years. To use simulation systems for training is also standard in a lot of domains. Usually, the purpose of simulation in educational settings is the training of certain aspects of an application domain. The system described in this paper combines ITS and simulation in a casebased training environment. In contrast to traditional ITS or simulation systems, the purpose of the described approach is to help the students to learn modeling and simulation in exemplary training cases. The so called Intelligent Tutoring System for Modeling and Simulation, abbreviated as TutMoSi, can be perceived as an extension of JAMES II (Java Agent Modeling Environment for Simulation). JAMES II allows the usage of different modeling formalisms. Extended with an ITS interface, JAMES II shall allow for teaching and training of modeling and simulation in a case-based manner. In TutMoSi Students should interact with a customer, who provides some aspects of the model to develop. After the acquisition of the required facts, the student has to choose an adequate modeling formalism and to construct the model. After creating the model the student has to validate the model by making simulation runs and by discussing the evaluated results with the customer, to check whether he has met the requirements. The result of this may be that the student has to refine or change his model. Thereby the ITS shall support the student with feedback, correction, and help in each of the described steps. Application domain of the training cases is life science.

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