The I-TUTOR (Intelligent Tutoring for Lifelong Learning) project started in January 2012 with the aim of developing a multi-agent based intelligent system to support online teachers, trainers, and tutors.
The Intelligent Tutoring for Life Long Learning (I-TUTOR) project aims at developing an intelligent tutoring system, to be applied in open source learning environments, able to monitor, track, analyze and give formative assessement and feedback loop to students within the learning environment, and give inputs to tutors and teachers involved in distance learning to better their role during the process of learning. The software is developed in java thus could be easily implmented and re-used in most of the common free platforms for eELearning. Tutoring in distance education plays a crucial role in ensuring support and facilitate learning of students. Tasks carried out by tutors ensuring individualized paths and effective learning are often very time consuming; at least online educators have to monitor, track and assess what the student does within the learning environment (i.e. pages and documents consulted/downloaded);
- analyze students’ writings; manage knowledge sources by, for instance, building representations of knowledge through conceptual maps or taxonomies; watch the network of formal and non-formal relationships as it develops within the class, fosters its strengthening and supports the inclusion of all individuals; and
- give formative evaluation and feedback.
All these activities lead to the effective planning of learning paths, and aim at student-centered, individualized learning. Considering the numbers of students involved in distance learning (full or blended), the possibility to fully perform the activities needed to follow the students and therefore planning accordingly is put in danger by the load of work necessary for each student. ICT can further support online teachers, trainers and tutors, by means of a multi-agent based, intelligent tutoring system pursuing the goal of monitoring, tracking, assessing students, giving formative feedbacks and useful data to better individualize learning paths.