Student model

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A student model is a representation within the architecture of an intelligent tutoring system (ITS) or intelligent learning environment (ILE) of a student's understanding of material being taught. The student model is built through a students interaction within an ILE and is used by the ILE to adapt the student model accordingly and deliver appropriate instruction for the individual student, completing a “student modelling loop” (Brusilovsky, 1994).

This model may also be used as a cognitive tool by being made explicit to learners. See Open learner model.


  • Brusilovsky, P., (1994) Student model centered architecture for intelligent learning environments, In Proc. of Fourth international conference on User Modeling, 15-19 August, Hyannis, MA, USA. User Modeling Inc, p. 31-36 [1]