Special Panel Sessions

ITS and Learning@Scale (June 7, 2014 at 17:15)

Learning science and computer science are poised to adress questions of pedagogy in a new age of massive scale and openness. The new ingredients of massiveness and free-accessibility add significantly to the transformational possibilities in education, for quality, flexibility, affordability, as well as definitional changes to its boundaries, form,and content. This panel will elaborate a research agenda for intelligent tutoring systems at scale and will update prior conceptualizations of ITS with a new appreciation for dimensions of cale and openness. The panel will NOT provide answers in this emerging field; rather it will discuss some of the many questions that present themselves. Panelists will discuss topics such as personalizing learning and teaching at scale, social learning at scale, and machine learning/data mining at scale.

Beverly Woolf

Beverly Park Woolf, Ph.D. is a Research Professor at the University of  Massachusetts who develops intelligent tutors that model student affective and cognitive characteristics and combine cognitive analysis of learning with artificial intelligence, network technology and multimedia. These systems represent the knowledge taught, recognize learners' skills and behavior, use sensors and machine learning to model student affect, and adjust problems to help individual students. Dr. Woolf has developed tutors in education and industry and in a  variety of disciplines (e.g., chemistry, psychology, physics, geology, art history, mathematics and economics). Some of these tutors enable students to pass standard exams at a 20% higher rate and one system is used by more than 150,000 students per semester across hundreds of colleges.  Dr. Woolf published the book Building Intelligent Interactive Tutors along with over 200 articles. She is lead author on the NSF report Roadmap to Education Technology in which forty experts and visionaries identified the next big computing ideas that will define education technology and developed a vision of how technology can incorporate deeper knowledge about human cognition and develop dramatically more effective instructional strategies.  Dr. Woolf has delivered keynote addresses, panels and tutorials in more than 20 foreign countries and is a fellow of the American Association of Artificial Intelligence.

Panelists: Claude Frasson,Carolyn Rose, James Lester, Sidney D'Mello, Luc Paquette


Grand Challenges for Intelligent Tutoring Systems in STEM: Progress and Perspectives

(June 8, 2014 at 13:05)

This two-part special event will explore perspectives on the key grand challenge problems facing the ITS community. Grand challenge problems benefit from community-wide focus because they involve long time-horizons and coordination of many stakeholders. Core themes will include Bloom's 2-sigma for learning gains, reducing cost for building ITS, scaling up ITS, and hybrid tutoring systems. As a starting point for discussion, teams involved in the Office of Naval Research STEM Grand Challenge for ITS will present on the grand challenge problems they are targeting and their progress toward those goals. These teams span five major ITS research groups with strong track records (Arizona State University, University of Massachusetts, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, BBN Technologies, and the University of Memphis). In the second session, a moderated panel discussion of research program officers and field experts from different spheres will discuss current and future grand challenges that they feel should drive future research. The event will conclude with an open forum for questions and comments on the formulation of these challenges and the specific projects intended to address them.

Ben Nye
Ray Perez
Xiangen Hu, Art Graesser, Beverly Woolf, Neil Heffernan, Kurt VanLehn, Bruce Roberts
Heather Holden, Diego Zapata-Rivera, James Lester, H. Chad Lane, Ido Roll