Category Archives: EAGER

EAGER: Inq-Blotter: Designing Supports for Teachers’ Real Time Instruction

8/1/19-7/31/21 PI: Janice Gobert Rutgers University New Brunswick Award Details Teachers are often frustrated because large-scale assessment data are neither timely nor adequate to understand students’ needs so they can improve science instruction. What is missing are diagnostic, real-time tools to support teachers’ practices and, in turn, students’ learning. To address this challenge, the principal […]

EAGER: Comprehension Assessment via Spoken Dialog

8/1/19-7/31/20 PI: Wayne Ward University of Colorado at Boulder Award Details My Science Tutor (MyST) is an intelligent virtual tutor for elementary school students that has been developed over the last 10 years, with over 13,000 spoken dialog sessions in 8 areas of science. Its goal is to assess student understanding of concepts rather than […]

EAGER: Mixed Reality for Improved Science Reading Comprehension

8/15/19-7/31/20 PI: Len Annetta East Carolina University Award Details This EArly grant for Exploratory Research (EAGER) is a partnership between East Carolina University (ECU), Spark Plug Games, Cumberland County Schools, and Teresa C Berrien Elementary School that will develop and perform preliminary testing of mixed reality (MR) to improve understanding of academic language in elementary […]

EAGER: Collaborative Research: Automated Instruction Assistant for Argumentative Essays

9/1/18-8/31/20 PI: Rebecca Passonneau Pennsylvania State Univ University Park Award Details Development of students’ writing skills promotes critical thinking across disciplines, and professional success. Yet the past decade of the Nation’s Report Card on students’ writing points to a long-standing crisis in writing instruction that persists through post-secondary school. Students need more instruction on how […]

EAGER: Discussion Tracker: Development of Human Language Technologies to Improve the Teaching of Collaborative Argumentation in High School English Classrooms

9/1/18-8/31/19 PIs: Amanda Godley, Diane Litman University of Pittsburgh Award Details Collaborative argumentation – the building of evidence-based, reasoned knowledge and solutions through dialogue – is essential to individual learning as well as group problem-solving in STEM and other disciplines and a defining characteristic of 21st century workplaces. However, teaching collaborative argumentation is an advanced […]

CHS:EAGER:Aiding Reasoning about Correlation and Causation

4/1/19-3/31/21 PI: Francesco Cafaro Clark University Award Details People are increasingly exposed to data and datasets in everyday life, in domains from health and science to news and policy. This raises important questions about how to help non-specialists make sense of those data, in particular, around understanding how to think about correlation and causation. These […]

Signing Avatars & Immersive Learning (SAIL): Development and Testing of a Novel Embodied Learning Environment

8/1/18-7/31/20 PIs: Lorna Quandt, Melissa Malzkuhn Gallaudet University Award Details Improved resources for learning American Sign Language (ASL) are in high demand. Traditional educational materials for ASL tend to include books and videos, but there has been limited progress in using cutting-edge technologies to harness the visual-spatial nature of ASL for improved learning outcomes. Interactive […]

EAGER: Leveraging Behavioral and Physiological Feedback in the Design of Affect-Sensitive Distance Learning

9/1/18-8/31/20 PIs: Lauren Wilcox, Elizabeth DiSalvo, David Joyner, Thomas Ploetz Georgia Tech Research Corporation Award Details As the world workforce increasingly pursues technology-focused careers, we see more technology learning environments emerge, such as online courses. There are many advantages to online learning that make it appealing to adult learners, such as low cost, flexibility in […]

EAGER: Making with Understanding

9/01/2017-8/31/2019 PI: Bertrand Schneider Harvard University Award Details There is a new cultural movement where everyday people tinker with concepts in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), simply for the purpose of satisfying creativity and curiosity. This “maker movement” is powered by the wide availability of low-cost electronics and manufacturing tools, which allow amateur makers to […]

EAGER: Developing Teaching Assistant Expertise with a Sensor-Based Learning System

9/01/2017-8/31/2019 PI: Amy Ogan, John Zimmerman Carnegie-Mellon University Award Details While a college degree is essential for many jobs or career paths, many college students receive a less than ideal educational experience. For years, research has shown that moving away from large lectures and increasing student engagement and participation significantly improves learning. However, most colleges […]