From working with the Quantum Tutors, it's easy to see how this technology is beneficial to students
Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) September 3, 2008
Quantum Simulations, Inc., a developer of artificial intelligence (AI) tutoring, assessment and professional development software announced the results of two research studies conducted at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, OH and the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, SK to evaluate the pedagogical effectiveness of the Quantum Tutors for the Accounting Cycle.
At Baldwin-Wallace College, students using the Quantum Tutor for transaction analysis achieved 3.5 times more gain in test scores over students who studied with the textbook. In addition, 86.6 percent of the Tutors' responses were rated as "Very Helpful" or "Helpful" which is equivalent to students rating an instructor on every explanation or answer given during a lecture. The full paper can be downloaded at http://ssrn.com/abstract=1151791.
In a separate study conducted at the University of Saskatchewan, empirical findings indicated that after one group of students completed a homework assignment for the topic of transaction analysis using the Quantum Tutor, their test scores improved 1.9 times more than that of a comparable group of students who completed the same homework problems using a textbook publisher's online homework management system. When the Quantum Tutor was removed from the first group of students and given to the other group, the pattern of performance differences was reversed, with the tutored group gaining 2.6 times more than the online homework group. The complete paper can be downloaded at http://ssrn.com/abstract=1151804.
In both studies, the Quantum Tutor enabled students with initially weaker performance to catch up quickly to higher performing students. Furthermore, when the higher performing students used the Quantum Tutor, their test scores climbed even higher. Results also indicated that students' ability to account for transactions increased at a significantly faster rate when students used Quantum, suggesting their study time was more productive and targeted with the Quantum Tutors.
"From working with the Quantum Tutors, it's easy to see how this technology is beneficial to students," states Fred Phillips, Ph.D., Professor and Baxter Scholar at the Edwards School of Business, University of Saskatchewan and textbook author. "These studies show that Quantum's software yields highly significant learning effects, in both the statistical and practical sense. Students who use the Quantum Tutors demonstrate far greater gains than students who only used a textbook or online homework system. The research evidence is very persuasive that the Tutors have high value for students and instructors alike."
Unlike homework systems where "canned" responses are stored in a database, providing little feedback beyond whether a student's answer is right or wrong, the Quantum Tutors provide feedback on far more than just the correctness of an answer. The Quantum Tutors also give detailed step-by-step reasoning that essentially "teaches" the process used to reach a solution. Another unique feature of the software is the ability for students to ask very specific questions about a concept in the context of their own problem. By giving students feedback specific to their own work and teaching them to ask good questions, study time is optimized and knowledge of the subject greatly improves.
Designed as a supplemental tool for instructor lectures, textbook reading and homework assignments, the Quantum Tutors for the Accounting Cycle provide a level of intelligent homework help and tutoring not available with any other accounting software. For more information, visit http://www.quantumsimulations.com/accounting.html.
Quantum Simulations, Inc. develops artificial intelligence (AI) tutoring, assessment and professional development software for accounting, science and mathematics that empowers teachers and inspires students from middle school through college to achieve more. Quantum's intelligent learning software is available stand-alone or integrated with our partners' web-based homework products and learning management systems. A "technology think tank", Quantum is funded and supported by the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. For more information, please visit http://www.quantumsimulations.com.