in: Artificial Intelligence Applications in Distance Education, Kose U., Koc, D., Editor, Igi Global Publications, Hershey, pp.145-159, 2015
Computers have been used in educational environments to carry out applications that need expertise such as compiling, storing, presentation and evaluation of information faster and easier. Besides, in some teaching environments which need expert knowledge, capturing and imitating the knowledge of the expert in artificial environment and utilizing computer systems that have the ability to communicate with people using natural language, might reduce the need for the expert and provide fast results. The expert systems which is a study area of artificial intelligence and can be defined as computer systems that can approach a problem for which an answer is being sought, like an expert and present solution recommendations. In this study, the definition of expert systems and their characteristics, information about the expert systems in teaching environments and especially their utilization in distance education are given.