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StaticsTutor: Free Body Diagram Tutor for Problem Framing
Lecture Notes in Computer Science
  • Enruo Guo, Iowa State University
  • Stephen B. Gilbert, Iowa State University
  • John K. Jackman, Iowa State University
  • Gloria Starns, Iowa State University
  • Matthew Hagge, Iowa State University
  • LeAnn Faidley, Wartburg College
  • Mostafa Amin-Naseri, Iowa State University
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Conference Proceeding
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Submitted Manuscript
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12th International Conference, ITS 2014
Conference Date
June 5-9, 2014
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While intelligent tutoring systems have been designed to teach freebody diagrams, existing software often forces students to define variables and equations that may not be necessary for conceptual understanding during the problem framing stage. StaticsTutor was developed to analyze solutions from a student-drawn diagram and recognize misconceptions at the earliest stages of problem framing, without requiring numerical force values or the need to provide equilibrium equations. Preliminary results with 81 undergraduates showed that it detects several frequent misconceptions in statics and that students are interested in using it, though they have suggestions for improvement. This research offers insights in the development of a diagram-based tutor to help problem framing, which can be generalized to tutors for other forms of diagrams.

This is a manuscript of a proceeding published as Guo E. et al. (2014) StaticsTutor: Free Body Diagram Tutor for Problem Framing. In: Trausan-Matu S., Boyer K.E., Crosby M., Panourgia K. (eds) Intelligent Tutoring Systems. ITS 2014. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 8474. Springer, Cham. The final publication is available at Springer via DOI:10.1007/978-3-319-07221-0_56. Posted with permission.

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Enruo Guo, Stephen B. Gilbert, John K. Jackman, Gloria Starns, et al.. "StaticsTutor: Free Body Diagram Tutor for Problem Framing" Honolulu, HILecture Notes in Computer Science Vol. 8474 (2014) p. 448 - 455
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