MI-teori i Adaptive Intelligente Tutoring Systems: MI Theory in Adaptive Intelligent Tutoring Systems

Ronnie Kofoed Olsen & Jacob Christiansen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


The purpose of Adaptive Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS) is to teach a user a given subject. Research in this topic has made us wonder, why these systems adapt to the user’s skills without making adjustments in the user interface, despite humans dissimilarity in understanding and interpreting communication. Howard Gardner’s theory of Multiple Intelligence (MI) is accepted and widely used among teachers with successful results. Research has shown, that learners benefit from multiple representations of material according to the MI theory. This master thesis is based on the hypothesis, that integrating MI theory in an adaptive ITS will assist the user in the process of understanding and reception of communication in the user interface. Therefore this thesis examines a way to integrate Multiple Intelligence theory in Adaptive Intelligent Tutoring Systems. In the thesis we suggest a practical communication model, that includes basic and specialized considerations according to communication theories, Human Computer Interaction and multiple intelligences. In the thesis we illustrate a practical approach in designing three different representations according to the MI theory by using the model.We conclude that only empirical studies can show the effect and quality of the representations. In the design and implementation of a prototype we suggest a model that integrates MI theory in a smaller part of an Adaptive ITS. The integration of the MI theory is based on hypothesis and models, which are implemented in the system. The model is a simplification, that makes it possible for the system to make adaptations according to the way a given user interacts with the system. With reference to the user’s interaction patterns, the system makes an estimated guess on the user’s intelligence profile based on probability theory and statistics. For test purposes we develop a simulator, that makes it possible to simulate ”real”users and their interaction with the prototype. The test indicates, that a user will improve his performance if teaching material is represented according to the user’s most dominant intelligence. We stand by our belief, that users will benefit from multiple representations in the user interface. Only future empirical studies can show the validity of our assumptions, and tell if the test results we have produced are valid.

UddannelserDatalogi, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidatKommunikation, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato4 maj 2007
VejledereHenning Christiansen


  • Intelligent Tutoring Systems
  • Multiple Intelligenser
  • ITS
  • MI-teori
  • Multiagent Systems
  • Adaptive Systemer