An evaluation of intelligent reading tutors

Sowmya Ramachandran, Robert Atkinson

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

2 Scopus citations


Reading comprehension is a very important life skill, yet millions of Americans are functionally illiterate. Technology can help, but most computer-based training programs for reading skills fall short in their ability to provide self-paced, individualized learning. The Navy funded three innovative intelligent tutors that were developed based on well-recognized cognitive models of reading and learning. In addition, these tutors provide tools for customization of content. This paper reports a large-scale study of these tutors that demonstrates their teaching effectiveness when used individually and in combination. Of particular note is an ordering of the tutors that led to a skill gain of 1.1 grade levels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIntelligent Tutoring Systems - 9th International Conference, ITS 2008, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)3540691308, 9783540691303
StatePublished - 2008
Event9th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems, ITS 2008 - Montreal, QC, Canada
Duration: Jun 23 2008Jun 27 2008

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume5091 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other9th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems, ITS 2008
CityMontreal, QC

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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