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ARIES (Acquiring Research Investigative and Evaluative Skills) is a learning environment with conversational agents that hold trialogs with the human learner who is acquiring critical reasoning skills on science. The learner holds conversations with two animated pedagogical agents while solving a number of engaging problems in the social and physical sciences. ARIES is embedded in a game environment with an electronic textbook, multiple choice questions, and the trialogs. Science teachers in both high school and higher institutions could assign ARIES as homework, if they decide not to devote class time to it.


PI: Art Graesser (UM)


Funding Agency: Institute of Education Sciences (subcontract from Northern Illinois University; Keith Millis is PI)

Grant number: R305B070349


Dates: 2007-2012

Amount: $640,000 (Memphis allocation)

Significant Publications:
Graesser, A.C. (2011).  Learning, thinking, and emoting with discourse technologies.  American Psychologist.
Graesser, A. C., Jeon, M., & Dufty, D. (2008). Agent technologies designed to facilitate interactive knowledge construction. Discourse Processes, 45, 298-322.
Kopp, K., Britt, A., Millis, K., & Graesser, A. (in press). Improving the efficiency of dialogue in tutoring.  Learning and Instruction.
Millis, K., Forsyth, C., Butler, H., Wallace, P., Graesser, A. C., & Halpern, D. (in press). Operation ARIES! A serious game for teaching scientific inquiry. In M. Ma, A. Oikonomou, & J. Lakhmi (Eds.), Serious games and edutainment applications. London: Springer-Verlag.