Andes: A coached problem solving environment for physics

Abigail S. Gertner, Kurt VanLehn

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

140 Scopus citations


Andes is an Intelligent Tutoring System for introductory college physics. The fundamental principles underlying the design of Andes are: (1) encourage the student to construct new knowledge by providing hints that require them to derive most of the solution on their own, (2) facilitate transfer from the system by making the interface as much like a piece of paper as possible, (3) give immediate feedback after each action to maximize the opportunities for learning and minimize the amount of time spent going down wrong paths, and (4) give the student flexibility in the order in which actions are performed, and allow them to skip steps when appropriate. This paper gives an overview of Andes, focusing on the overall architecture and the student's experience using the system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIntelligent Tutoring Systems - 5th International Conference, ITS 2000, Proceedings
EditorsGilles Gauthier, Claude Frasson, Kurt VanLehn
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)3540676554
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes
Event5th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems, ITS 2000 - Montreal, Canada
Duration: Jun 19 2000Jun 23 2000

Publication series

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


Other5th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems, ITS 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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