DNA: Toward an automated knowledge elicitation and organization tool

Valerie J. Shute, Lisa A. Tbrreano, Ross E. Willis

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This chapter describes the new computer program Decompose, Network, Assess (DNA). As a bonus, DNA is intended to provide a principled approach to the currently unstandardized process of knowledge elicitation and organization. DNA consists of a core of four interactive modules that automate the knowledge elicitation and organization processes: Customize, Decompose, Network, and Assess. Upon receipt of the letter and installation of the software, the SME goes through a short orientation program that provides an overview of DNA and transitions directly into the Decompose module. Some basic research questions that the author explore with DNA include examining novice-to-expert transitions within disparate domains and comparing knowledge representations underlying different levels of expertise within the same domain. DNA promises to be a useful knowledge elicitation and organization tool for developing curriculum, representing a good first step towards opening up the bottleneck in intelligent tutoring system development as related to the expert model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComputers As Cognitive Tools
Subtitle of host publicationVolume II, No More Walls
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9781135461027
ISBN (Print)9781315045337
StatePublished - Apr 15 2020
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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