Category Archives: NSF Cyberlearning Category

Collaborative Research: Multimodal Affective Pedagogical Agents for Different Types of Learners

8/1/18-7/31/21 PIs: Nicoletta Adamo-Villani, Purdue University (Award Details) Richard Mayer, University of California-Santa Barbara (Award Details) While most research on embodied pedagogical agents (adaptive virtual agents that guide and mentor learners) explores cognitive features, this project investigates the role of agent affect/emotion. This project examines how the agent’s affective state (e.g., seeming interested or concerned) […]

Connections of Earth and Sky with Augmented Reality (CEASAR): Transforming Collaborative Learning Practices with Shared and Embedded Digital Models

10/1/18-9/30/20 PIs: Robb Lindgren, Nathan Kimball, Emma Mercier, Jina Kang University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Award Details Augmented reality (AR) technologies are becoming increasingly accessible and there are promising opportunities to develop interactive virtual content that can be shared and worked on by multiple users. The Connections of Earth and Sky to Augmented Reality (CEASAR) […]

Cyberlearning: Sensei: High-Fidelity, Non-Invasive Classroom Sensing for Professional Development

9/1/18-8/31/21 PIs: Amy Ogan, Yuvraj Agarwal, Christopher Harrison Carnegie-Mellon University Award Details For years, research has shown that moving away from large lectures and increasing student engagement and participation in classrooms significantly improves learning. Unfortunately, professors lack quality professional development opportunities to improve their instruction, and typically receive no training on how to teach. This […]

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 […]

Putting Teachers in the Driver’s Seat: Using Machine Learning to Personalize Interactions with Students (DRIVER-SEAT)

9/1/18-8/31/21 PIs: Anthony Botelho, Neil Heffernan, Jacob Whitehill, Korinn Ostrow Worcester Polytechnic Institute Award Details This is a project that will use machine learning to personalize messages about student homework. The project will apply technologies used by Google’s Smart Reply, a functionality that uses machine learning to generate and suggest human-like email responses, to provide […]

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 […]

Student and Early-Career Support for Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) 2019 Conference

5/1/19-4/31/20 PI: Katerine Bielaczyc, Victor Lee Clark University Award Details Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) is a bi-annual interdisciplinary international conference supporting advanced research in learning technologies in support of collaborative learning. Providing doctoral student and early-career support for attending this conference in prior years has had a significant impact on the career and research of […]

Support for Doctoral Students to Attend the 20th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED 2019)

5/1/19-4/31/20 PI: Bruce McLaren Carnegie-Mellon University Award Details The United States has historically been the global leader in the field of artificial intelligence in education (AIED), or ways to use artificial intelligence technology to enhance teaching and learning in contexts ranging from children learning math in K12 setting, to soldiers learning highly technical jobs in […]

Synthesis and Design Workshop: Distributed Collaboration in STEM-Rich Project-Based Learning

9/1/18-8/31/19 PI: Eric Hamilton Pepperdine University Award Details This project will convene a synthesis and design workshop on next generation science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning. It envisions a two-tier timeline that looks three years and then ten years into the future. One primary workshop topic involves design considerations for “boundary-crossing” project-based learning, by […]