A Distance Learning System for Teaching the Writing of Chinese Characters over the Internet

A Distance Learning System for Teaching the Writing of Chinese Characters over the Internet

K.T. Sun (National Tainan Teachers College, Taiwan) and D.S. Feng (National Tainan Teachers College, Taiwan)
Copyright: © 2004 |Pages: 15
DOI: 10.4018/jdet.2004010105
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Abstract

This paper proposes an intelligent tutoring system (ITS) for teaching students to write Chinese characters over the Internet. In the proposed system, students can use a pen (or drag the mouse) to write Chinese characters on a digital board using a browser such as Microsoft Internet Explorer. For realizing the situation of student’s writing behavior, a neuron-based student model was designed to learn the writing style of each student. This system has been in development since 1996, and includes 2,734 Chinese characters (taught in primary schools). It has been used in elementary schools, and by thousands of students. Educational research reveals that over 82% of primary school students had some problems in using the correct stroke orders when writing Chinese characters, and the improvement exhibited by an experimental group was significant (F = 25.331, p < .005).

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