A Prototype for an Intelligent Tutoring System for Students Learning to Program in Java™

E.R. Sykes and F. Franek


Web-based education, programming tutors, e-learning, intelligent tutoring systems


The Java™ Intelligent Tutoring System (JITS) research project involves the development of a programming tutor designed for students in their first programming course in JavaTM at the college or university level. This article presents an overview of the architectural design, including state-of-the-art Web-based distributed architecture, the AI techniques used, and the programmer-optimized user interface. This project is a prototype being constructed that will model the domain of a small subset of the Java™ programming language in a very specific context. Research is in progress, and it is hypothesized that the completed prototype will be sufficient to prove the concept and that a fully developed Java™ Intelligent Tutoring System will provide an interactively rich learning environment for students that will result in increased achievement. Based on the success of similar intelligent tutoring systems, it is also hypothesized that these students will be able to learn programming skills and gain knowledge more quickly and effectively than students in traditional educational settings.

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