The Chemical Educator
ISSN: 1430-4171 (electronic version)
Abstract Volume 15
(2010) pp 171-177
Accessible Artificial Intelligence-Based Chemistry Tutoring for Blind and Visually Impaired Students
Benny G. Johnson†,*, Jeffrey S. Dittel‡, and Dale A. Holder†
†Quantum Simulations, Inc., 5275 Sardis
Road, Murrysville, PA 15668; ‡Britlan, Ltd., 516 East Birch
Avenue, Whitefish Bay, WI 53217, email@example.com
Published: 17 March 2010
Abstract. We report the development of an artificial intelligence (AI) tutoring software system that is accessible to students who are blind or visually impaired, delivered through the Internet. In prior research, we have successfully developed, tested and brought to the classroom AI-based tutoring systems in chemistry education. This work achieved several important firsts in chemistry tutorial software: enabling students to get interactive assistance on their own problems, which they enter into the tutor, get feedback on their own work, which they also enter in detail, and ask the tutor specific questions about how the concepts being studied apply to their current situation. In controlled testing, these intelligent tutors have significantly improved student performance and understanding. The aim of the present research is to bring the full benefits of this new educational technology to students who are blind or visually impaired. The problem of quality educational software materials for the blind is known to be particularly acute. Certain unique attributes of the AI tutoring systems make them well suited for full accessibility using Internet-capable screen reader technology.
Key Words: Computers in Chemistry; general chemistry
(*) Corresponding author. (E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Supporting Materials:An Appendix containing the Transcript of Example Tutoring Session is available (15 KB).