Faculty Advisor

Heffernan, Neil


The Assistment online tutoring system uses tutoring called 'scaffolding' to assist students when they have trouble with a question. The effective learning using generalized versus non-generalized tutoring approaches is the subject of our experiment. It was found that non-generalized tutoring that references the original question was more effective than the generalized approach which references a new example problem. Content developers can use the results, which indicate the superior tutoring approach, to write more effective Assistment content in the future.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2006

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Computer Science