E-Kankor: Opening New Vistas of Higher Education Through an Innovative Intelligent Tutoring System

Passing the entrance examination to a university is a major step in one's life. Kankor is the nationwide tertiary entrance examination in Afghanistan. Since the score on the Kankor Assessment Test determines the student's academic future, it is highly recommended to do some test preparation so that the score and consequent placement reflect the student's ability. However, due to poverty and lack of public awareness, Afghanistan severely lacks sufficient resources for providing entrance test preparation facilities. Keeping the aforementioned in mind, web-based test preparation systems offer greater flexibility than the conventional systems, as they can be accessed online anytime. In addition to using easily found practice materials, an online test preparation system is the most efficient, dynamic and relatively cheap method to prepare students for the entrance test. In this study, I have proposed the design of a web-based test preparation system, known as e-Kankor, to help high school students learn university standards and give them the tools to pass the university entrance examination on the first try. e-Kankor is a student-focused educational environment designed to increase pass rate success. To measure success in my system, I have done several evaluations with real users. The major goal behind this study was to conduct long-term longitudinal study and make difference between capital high schools and provincial high schools on three main aspects: (i) usability, (ii) pedagogical and (iii) psychological. The evaluation demonstrated that the e-Kankor system will serve the needs of students effectively.

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Hamidullah Sokout, Kabul Polytechnic University, Afghanistan

Paper Information Conference: ACEID2017
Stream: Student Learning, Learner Experiences and Learner Diversity

Added on Monday, April 10th, 2017

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