Education

The ASSISTment Builder: Supporting the Life-Cycle of ITS Content Creation

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Executive Summary

Content creation is a large component of the cost of creating educational software. For intelligent tutoring systems, estimates are that approximately 200 hours are required for every hour of instruction. The authors present an authoring tool designed to reduce this cost. The ASSISTment Builder is a tool that is designed to effectively create, edit, test, and deploy tutor content. The web-based interface simplifies the process of tutor construction to allow users with little or no programming experience to develop content. They show the effectiveness of their Builder at reducing the cost of content creation to 40 hours for every hour of instruction.

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