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Embedding Intelligent Tutoring Systems in MOOCs and e-Learning Platforms

Vincent Aleven, Jonathan Sewall, Octav Popescu, Michael Ringenberg, Martin van Velsen, Sandra Demi

Intelligent tutoring systems (ITS) and MOOCs tend to have complementary pedagogical approaches, but their combination is rarely (if ever) seen. A key obstacle may be technical integration. We present a generalizable case study of extending ITS authoring technology to make tutors easily embeddable into a variety of MOOC/e-learning platforms and run on a range of web-enabled devices. We enhanced the domain-independent Cognitive Tutor Authoring Tools (CTAT) to enable integration of CTAT tutors into multiple environments. A salient lesson learned is that use of widely-used web-based technologies (HTML and JavaScript) may be a major factor in ITS uptake. Also, we found that embedding tutors into existing LMS is challenging, but environment-specific changes can be isolated in a generalizable manner.

The final publication is available at Springer via https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-39583-8_49.