Using Dialogue Contexts to Support the Tutoring of Ethics

R. Blumenthal and J.E. Blumenthal (USA)

Keywords

Educational software, Intelligent Tutoring, Agentbased

Abstract

Ethical decision making is an inherently ill-defined problem that challenges the development of intelligent tutoring systems. This paper describes an extension to the tIBIS intelligent tutoring system that allows better support for teaching ethical decision making. This tutoring approach allows students to participate in an ethical decision making dialogue that clarifies the ethical context associated with statements made by multiple tutoring agents. By associating an ethical context with each rhetorical move in a semi-structured dialogue focused on an ethical dilemma, these agents are able to assist students in exploring principles that can be employed to ‘resolve’ ethical dilemmas. A simplified example taken from a university ethics case study demonstrates this approach.

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