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ERIC Number: ED388254
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
The Intelligent Workbook.
Heift, T.; McFetridge, P.
An authoring system is defined as a computer program which eliminates the need for course instructors to learn computer programming, but instead constructs pedagogical software based on instructors' responses to questions on teaching strategy and course material. This paper outlines an authoring system which not only exhibits this ease of use and flexibility in its design, but demonstrates intelligent behavior, one of the significant interactive qualities of computer assisted language learning. Intelligence is simulated by daemons (a program submodule, typically highly parameterized), each of which seeks a specific error in student input, providing the student with immediate error-contingent feedback. The user defines a daemon by providing a name and specifying the action the daemon will perform. The actions correspond to three decision points: string comparison, lexical search, and sentence search. The model, which allows the course designer to create any type of language exercise, is demonstrated in German as the target language, and English as the source language. An intelligent workbook is constructed through selecting, from a pool of exercises that has been created, those that will appear in the workbook, and assigning an order to them. The system described here was written in Allegro CommonLisp(TM) and runs on the Apple Macintosh(TM). Contains five references. (Author/MAS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: In: Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, 1994. Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 94--World Conference on Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, June 25-30, 1994); see IR 017 359.