Student Tips |Teacher
ES-Builder Web is quite easy to use with no prior training,
but there are some things you can do to make your expert Systems work just a little
Here are some simple tips for creating Expert Systems
using ES-Builder Web:
- Don�t use questions
for attributes. Finishing sentences is much more user-friendly and the rules read
Instead of saying:
- Image files are not stored on ES-Builder Web. You must enter a valid hyper-link to an existing image on the internet for it to appear in your project. Be aware that images randomly disappear from the internet when not controlled by you.
- When designing your Expert System in the Decision Tree Editor, any node that is not part of a correctly constructed branch will have a red exclamation symbol appear before it. To check that you have a valid tree, make sure all these red markers are eliminated.
- Have your students submit
their expert systems projects to you electronically. Schools that have an Annual Subscription Licence to ES-Builder Web are able to have students download their completed projects as a zip file that includes all the separate files required to make up a standalone web site of the Expert System. This way you can save
on all that paper. Exporting the expert system to HTML creates a project that fits
in one folder, on a USB or attached to an email. Having the projects presented this way offers
a number of benefits.
- easier to mark, because
web sites are structured for easy navigation.
- all required data in
the same place.
- much less printing. Think
of that student who prints everything out just to find a mistake and repeat the
printing process all over again
- the web site format can
be extended to improve the research component of expert system projects and allow
such things as including hyper-links to further information in conclusion notes.
- Set your projects to
be diagnostic expert systems, rather than classification exercises. This results
in a more challenging assessment exercise. It also strengthens the need for a sound
research component to the project which assists in providing a discriminating criteria
for separating students.
- Instead of asking "What
bird is that?" or "What flag is that?", ask "What is my problem?" and then give
a solution in the conclusion notes. eg, "My pot-plant is looking sick, what do I
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