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Comments on Ansari & Sykes and Gogus, and Suggestions for Future Research
Joseph M. Scandura

TICL has a long term commitment to promoting a deeper understanding of the teaching and learning process, and to encouraging the development of automated tutoring systems based on such understanding. These concerns were the major focus of a special issue of TICL in 2007 (Volume 5, Nos. 2-3-4). The first three articles in that issue (Ohlsson & Mitrovic, 2007; Paquette, 2007 and Scandura, 2007) have important implications for Ansari and Sykes (this issue) and Gogus (this issue). These three articles described three fundamentally different approaches to developing advanced tutoring systems. Each rests on a rigorous, but very different theoretical foundation.

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