Automated feedback for mathematical learning environments

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Digital learning environments that offer well-designed feedback have the potential to enhance mathematics education. Building such a system is typically a huge and complex undertaking. Generating informative feedback at the level of steps a student takes requires the encoding of expert knowledge about the problem domain in software. The software component that processes this knowledge is traditionally called a domain reasoner. Such a reasoner can produce various types of feedback, for example about the correctness of a step, common errors, hints about how to proceed, or complete worked-out solutions.

In this presentation I will highlight the main components of a domain reasoner that is responsible for generating feedback: rules, problem-solving procedures, normal forms, buggy rules, and constraints. Examples are drawn from the Digital Mathematics Environment (DME), which uses feedback generated by specialized domain reasoners for solving equations and structuring hypothesis tests. Similar techniques have also been used in the Advise-Me project for assessing free-form input for math story problems.
Period24 Sept 2019
Event title14th International Conference on Technology in Mathematics Teaching
Event typeConference
LocationEssen, Germany, North Rhine-WestphaliaShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational