Robot Tutoring: On the Feasibility of Using Cognitive Systems as Tutors in Introductory Programming Education: A Teaching Experiment

Creators: Müller, Sarah and Bergande, Bianca and Brune, Philipp
Title: Robot Tutoring: On the Feasibility of Using Cognitive Systems as Tutors in Introductory Programming Education: A Teaching Experiment
Item Type: Book Section
Page Range: pp. 45-49
Date: 14 June 2018
Divisions: Informationsmanagement
Abstract: Cognitive Systems and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are getting increasingly popular in many application domains. An upcoming field for AI are educational applications. Natural language processing (NLP) in combination with cognitive systems may provide many interesting possibilities regarding automatic advice and tutoring of students, e.g. by answering students' questions. Therefore, this paper investigates the possibilty of using a cognitive software, namely IBM Watson, as a tool for developing a virtual tutor to answer common questions of students during an introductory Java programming course at a German University of Applied Sciences. The prototype software is evaluated using a qualitative study among participants. While the results indicate the future potential of such systems in education, in its current form it could only replace a tutor in very limited and specific scenarios.
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Müller, Sarah and Bergande, Bianca and Brune, Philipp (2018) Robot Tutoring: On the Feasibility of Using Cognitive Systems as Tutors in Introductory Programming Education: A Teaching Experiment. In: ECSEE'18 Proceedings of the 3rd European Conference of Software Engineering Education. ACM, Seeon/ Bavaria, Germany, pp. 45-49. ISBN 978-1-4503-6383-9

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