ITR: Adaptive Tutor and Mentor Agents for 24x7 Learning
This proposal summary submitted by University of Memphis with a subcontract to MERLOT proposed development of a virtual university will require the six enabling technologies: (1) Technologies for ubiquitous computing with animated conversational agents and with sensors of the learners in their environments, (2) intelligent software agents, (3) intelligent tutoring systems, (4) a repository of interoperable, computer-based learning content, (5) data mining, and (6) evaluations of human-computer interfaces, learning gains, and learner impressions. The University of Memphis and the FedEx Technology Institute will take to lead in assembling and developing these enabling technologies, with the help of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, MIT, University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of Pittsburgh, the Federation of American Scientists, and DoD?s Advanced Distributed Learning Co-Labs. The students at universities and high schools in Tennessee, Illinois, and Pennsylvania will be the immediate beneficiaries of the learning environments, but the ultimate goal is to design an infrastructure for schools in the entire United States to have access to the internet freeway. Educational software should not be viewed as books or movies, but more like roads on the internet ? something that is built with tax dollars for everyone to use because it makes the nation more powerful. Indeed, the proposed budget is about the same cost as a few miles on the freeway. Business and industry will be positioned strategically along on freeway.
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