QALSIC: Building an Articulate Educational Software for High School Inorganic Chemistry Laboratories
In building an intelligent tutoring system, researchers quest for robust techniques and suitable
approaches so that intelligent and interactive communications between learners and the system can be
seamlessly established. The aspects of communication encompass the four properties of articulate software
defined by Forbus (2001) which are fluent, supportive, generative and customizable. The building of articulate
software (QALSIC) for learning inorganic chemistry at high school level is discussed in this paper. The four
properties are represented in our system through knowledge-based and qualitative process theory approaches.
The interactiveness and intelligence of the system are demonstrated in its intelligent responses to unprecedented
events, unknown substances, and flexibility in usage. The system can be used symbiotically with the traditional
laboratory, as well as, as an independent system in which it offers a more flexible learning environment at a
lower cost. The strength of the system is centred at its explanatory capabilities in using chemistry knowledge.
We envisage that the system will improve intuitive learning in students while enhancing the traditional didactic
Keywords. Interactive Learning Environments, Improving Classroom Teaching, Intelligent Tutoring