Guru: A computer tutor that models expert human tutors


We present Guru, an intelligent tutoring system for high school biology that has conversations with students, gestures and points to virtual instructional materials, and presents exercises for extended practice. Guru's instructional strategies are modeled after expert tutors and focus on brief interactive lectures followed by rounds of scaffolding as well as summarizing, concept mapping, and Cloze tasks. This paper describes the Guru session and presents learning outcomes from an in-school study comparing Guru, human tutoring, and classroom instruction. Results indicated significant learning gains for students in the Guru and human tutoring conditions compared to classroom controls. © 2012 Springer-Verlag.

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Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)