Evaluating design: A formative evaluation of agent development environments used for teaching rule-Based programming

Mark A. Cohen, Frank E. Ritter, Steven R. Haynes

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We present two development environments designed to make it easier for students to create intelligent agents by taking advantage of established software engineering principles. This paper reports the results of a formative evaluation of the Herbal and the Vacuum Cleaner Environments. Findings from the study suggest design changes geared towards making these environments more useful for teaching rule-based programming and agent development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalProceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference, ISECON
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
Event26th Information Systems Education Conference, ISECON 2009 - Washington, DC, United States
Duration: Nov 4 2009Nov 8 2009


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Information Systems
  • Software
  • Education

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