A report on the commercial and educational applications of expert systems

Durant, David Peter (1989). A report on the commercial and educational applications of expert systems. University of Birmingham. Other

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Expert, or intelligent knowledge-based, systems have emerged as the main practical application of Artificial Intelligence research. This thesis reports on their history, development and increasing commercial application. An analysis of the tasks and domains of 785 systems is reported which indicated a level of task specificity. The technology is suggestive of significant educational relevance as it is closely linked with concepts of expertise, intelligence, knowledge and learning. These basic educational concepts are discussed. The thesis reports on a survey of the use of the NCC Expert System Starter Pack in Further and Higher Education. The relationship between other computer-based learning systems and expert systems are discussed and it is argued that the development of intelligent tutoring systems is a more complex operation than the educational application of expert systems. A wide spectrum of potential educational applications is indicated. It is suggested that placing pupils in the position of knowledge engineers provides an exciting curriculum application. It is further argued that the use of expert systems in a commercial training role promises to be a major future development. Other educational applications are considered and the wider social implications associated with the use of expert systems are summarised.

Type of Work: Thesis (Other)
Award Type: Other
Licence: All rights reserved
College/Faculty: Faculties (to 1997) > Faculty of Education
School or Department: Department of Curriculum Studies
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
URI: http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/id/eprint/8756


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