3 results for Amalathas, S.

  • Decision-making tutor: Providing on-the-job training for oil palm plantation managers

    Amalathas, S.; Mitrovic, A.; Ravan, S. (2012)

    Journal Articles
    University of Canterbury Library

    Over the years many Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITSs) have been used successfully as teaching and training tools. Although many studies have proven the effectiveness of ITSs used in isolation, there have been very few attempts to embed ITSs with existing systems. This area of research has a lot of potential in providing life-long learning and work place training. We present DM-Tutor (Decision-Making Tutor), the first constraint-based tutor to be embedded within an existing system, the Management Information System (MIS) for oil palm plantation management. The goal of DM-Tutor is to provide scenario-based training using real-life operational data and actual plantation conditions. We present the system and the studies we have performed. The results show that DM-Tutor improved students’ knowledge significantly. The participants found DM-Tutor to be easy to understand and interesting to use.

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  • Evaluation of DM-Tutor, an ITS for Training on Plantation Decision Making.

    Amalathas, S.; Mitrovic, A.; Saravanan, R.; Evison, D. (2011)

    Conference Contributions - Published
    University of Canterbury Library

    Over the years many Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITSs) have been used successfully as teaching and training tools with proven results through evaluation studies. Even though ITSs are effective in providing individualized tutoring to many students at the same time, very few attempts have been made to embed them with existing systems. This area of research has a lot of potential in providing life-long learning and work place training anytime and anywhere. We present the evaluation of DM-Tutor,an ITS that provides training on plantation decision making. DM-Tutor has been embedded with a Management Information System (MIS) to provide scenario-based training using real life operational data and actual plantation conditions. The pilot study conducted in February 2011 shows that DM-Tutor is an effective teaching tool; the performance of the participants on the post-test was significantly higher than their performance on the pre-test. The questionnaire responses show that the participants found the system easy to use and useful.

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  • Developing an Intelligent Tutoring System for palm oil in ASPIRE

    Amalathas, S.; Mitrovic, A.; Saravanan, R.; Evison, D. (2010)

    Conference Contributions - Published
    University of Canterbury Library

    Although Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITSs) have well proven their effectiveness in many learning domains, building them have always required extensive effort and time. ASPIRE authoring system has been used in developing constraint based tutors (CBTs) before but this will be the first attempt to develop a CBT and embed it within an existing system. We present the research and development of DM-Tutor, the first CBT to be embedded within the Management Information System (MIS) for palm oil plantation management. We discuss the research and development of DM-Tutor with the help of ASPIRE. We also include future work planned for DM-Tutor.

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