Zeuss: a personalized tool for grammatical-construction learning

Maria J. Mendoza (Department of Systems and Computing Engineering, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Colombia)
David L. Velasco (Department of Systems and Computing Engineering, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Colombia)
Camilo A. Moreno (Department of Systems and Computing Engineering, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Colombia)
Carlos Parra (Department of Systems and Computing Engineering, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Colombia)
Angela Carrillo-Ramos (Department of Systems and Computing Engineering, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Colombia)
Juan E. Gómez-Morantes (Department of Systems and Computing Engineering, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Colombia)

International Journal of Web Information Systems

ISSN: 1744-0084

Publication date: 24 July 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to present Zeuss, a software-based tool designed to improve grammar learning process in elementary school children. Despite efforts by the Colombian Government, the results of the final high school test indicate that students have major deficiencies with language, grammar and reading comprehension. Several difficulties have been evidenced in activities like writing essays or understanding academic papers. Among the reasons that may lead to these results include outdated courses, overcrowded classrooms and lack of interest.

Design/methodology/approach

A diagnostic test is performed on third-grade elementary school students to assess the current grammar knowledge and identify areas for improvement. The test results are used to design a software-based tool called Zeuss. The authors include playful activities inspired by several pedagogic exercises found in the literature and personalization so that interaction is tailored to specific user preferences and tastes.

Findings

Zeuss has been tested with third-grade students of the Gimnasio Campestre San Francisco de Sales elementary school in Bogotá, Colombia. The results show that using the tool leads to an overall improvement in the grammar construction learning process.

Social implications

Zeuss aims at improving the learning process in elementary schools helping teachers to overcome several limitations like overcrowded classrooms and outdated pedagogic strategies. Zeuss focuses specifically on the grammar learning process.

Originality/value

Zeuss features updated pedagogical strategies, playful activities and a personalization model to tailor the learning process and help in context. It also allows teachers to track individual and classroom progress.

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Citation

Mendoza, M., Velasco, D., Moreno, C., Parra, C., Carrillo-Ramos, A. and Gómez-Morantes, J. (2019), "Zeuss: a personalized tool for grammatical-construction learning", International Journal of Web Information Systems, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJWIS-03-2019-0009

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