Integration of an Expert Teaching Assistant with Distance Learning Software

Steven P. Fonseca, Nancy E. Reed

The Remote Teaching Assistant (RTA) software currently under development at UC Davis allows students and Teaching Assistants (TA’s) to interact through multimedia communication via the Internet. To resolve the problem of TA unavailability and limited knowledge, an Expert Teaching Assistant (ETA) module is being developed. When TA’s are not on-line, students in need of help consult ETA. The focus of this research is the development and integration of ETA with RTA, the establishment of an architecture suitable for use with education (the domain) in any sub-domain (course), and the creation of a mechanism usable by non-technical personnel to maintain knowledge bases.

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