Workshop "Intelligent Educational Systems on the World Wide Web",
8th World Conference of the AIED Society, Kobe, Japan, 18-22 August 1997

Preface from the Organizers

The World-Wide Web (WWW) can open new ways of learning for many people. However, most existing educational WWW applications use the simplest solutions and are much weaker and more restricted than existing 'on-site' educational systems and tools. In particular, most WWW educational systems do not use powerful intelligent tutoring systems (ITS) technologies. A promising direction of research is to port these technologies to the WWW, thus joining the flexibility and intelligence of ITS with the accessibility of WWW applications. The workshop on "Intelligent educational systems on the World-Wide Web" aims to bring together researcher practitioners who are interested in developing "more intelligent" educational systems on the WWW. At this stage in the development of the web, it is timely to share our experiences and visions in designing and implementing various aspects of "more intelligent" Web-based educational systems. The ideas investigated by one research group may complement the work of another group. The proposed workshop builds upon and extends the scope of previous successful workshops: Adaptive Hypermedia at User Modeling'94 and Architectures and Methods for Designing Cost-Effective and Reusable ITS with special working group Using the World Wide Web to Support ITS at ITS'96.

Contributions for the workshop were sought from active researchers in:

Peter Brusilovsky,
Human-Computer Interaction Institute,
School of Computer Science,
Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Kiyoshi Nakabayashi,
Tele-Education Project,
NTT Information and Communication
Systems Laboratories, JAPAN

Steven Ritter,
Department of Psychology,
Carnegie Mellon University, USA