Paper presentation @ Viking PLoP 2017

March 14, 2017 10:53 AM

Peter Scupelli will present a paper at the Viking Conference on Pattern Languages of Programs (Viking PLoP) 2017 in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.

The conference has long roots going back to 2002 when VikingPLoP was arranged for the first time in Helsingor, Denmark. As Vikings used to travel around Europe, this year the conference heads on the shores of the Baltic Sea. VikingPLoP calls for papers on patterns and pattern languages, and papers on applying patterns.

Inventado, P.S. & Scupelli, P.: Using Contextual Learning-Environment Features to Identify Design Pattern Appropriateness


Pedagogical design patterns offer high-quality solutions to problems in the educational domain. Design patterns are generally written in a way that makes them applicable to multiple contexts, but how reusable are pedagogical design patterns? Over the past three years, we have tried to adapt existing design patterns and write new patterns specifically to enhance feedback in an intelligent online learning system for Math called ASSISTments. However, this has proved to be difficult because there appear to be features of learning environments that call for patterns that are either too general or too specific. For example, design patterns whose context involves interpreting learners’ misconceptions may be easy for teachers in traditional classroom settings, but difficult for intelligent learning systems because algorithms that predict misconceptions are currently imperfect. In this paper, we identify contextual learning-environment features and investigate how they might affect the appropriateness of design patterns to a given learning environment.

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