Example-Based Learning in Computer-Aided STEM Education

Sumit Gulwani


Human learning is often structured around examples. Interestingly,

example-based reasoning has also been heavily used in computer-aided

programming. In this article, we describe how techniques inspired from example-based

program analysis and synthesis can be used for various tasks in

Education including problem generation, solution generation, and

feedback generation. We illustrate this using recent

research results that have been applied to a variety of STEM subject

domains including logic, automata theory, programming, arithmetic,

algebra, and geometry. We classify these subject domains into procedural

and conceptual content and highlight some general technical principles

as per this classification. These results advance the state-of-the-art in

intelligent tutoring, and can play a significant role in enabling

personalized and interactive education in both

standard classrooms and MOOCs.


Publication typeTechReport
PublisherMicrosoft Research
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