SAVE THE DATE Tapia 2018 Orlando, FL September 19-22, 2018

2017 Tapia Conference

SketchTivity: An Intelligent Tutoring System for Teaching Sketching Fundamentals


Presenter: Blake Williford (Texas A&M University)


Sketching is a powerful tool for expressing ideas and becoming a more well-rounded communicator. Sketching instructors conventionally employ pen and paper in their classrooms to convey these fundamentals to students. However, this traditional approach limits the bandwidth and capability of instructors to give timely and individualized feedback. Intelligent tutoring systems can leverage the knowledge of domain expert design sketching instruction to give students personalized feedback outside of classroom hours, which can potentially improve self-efficacy, motivation, and engagement in the students. Additionally, the inclusion of games and gamified lessons can offer a more engaging and motivating experience for students. This research is aimed at developing intelligent interactive lessons, challenges, and games that teach sketching fundamentals while evaluating their effectiveness in terms of improved sketching ability in the students, increased self-efficacy with respect to sketching, and motivation to practice sketching. Initial results have been promising, as we have shown students can improve their accuracy, line quality, and speed by using the system.