Intelligent Support for Learning in Groups
Jihie Kim :
Rohit Kumar :
Workshop at the 11th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems
June 15, 2012
Chania, Crete, Greece

Themes & Goals


Important Dates



Workshop Proceedings

Notes from the workshop

Themes & Goals

Advances in Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS) over the past two decades have enabled the development of highly effective, deployable learning technologies that support learners across a wide-range of domains and age-groups. On the other hand, mass access to revolutionary communication technologies have prompted the adoption web-based social media tools (including discussion forums, wikis, social networks, messengers/chatrooms, blogs, virtual worlds, mobile applications) for educational purposes as visible in many instances today. Research in collaborative learning has informed instructional strategies that leverage the pedagogical benefits of learning in groups. Educational service providers are deploying web-based platforms that allow students to access supplementary materials and share their learning experience with their peers. Thousands of educational games accessible on mobile/tablet devices enrich learning interactions by bringing students together.

Techniques developed for ITS (student/tutor/domain modeling, integrated assessment, tutorial dialog, automated scaffolding, data mining, pedagogical agents, ...) can further improve the effectiveness of web-based collaborative learning tools. On the other hand, multi-party interaction and web-based learning platforms presents ITS researchers with exciting next generation challenges. In concurrence with the main conference theme, the goal of this workshop is to bring representatives from these two tracks of learning technologies together. We expect to identify a set of scientific questions and technical challenges that can direct the joint efforts of the research community at this intersection. In the current instantiation, the workshop will be organized around the theme of "Web-based Collaborative Learning Tools: Challenges & Opportunities for ITS".

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Topics of Interest

  • Adaptive support for Groups
    • Affect processing
    • Multi-party dialog
    • Scaffolding
  • Content creation on the Web
    • Automatic content extraction
    • Collaborative authoring
    • Crowdsourcing
    • User-generated content
  • Instructional strategies for the social web
    • Argumentation
    • Peer mentoring
    • Recommendation systems
  • Interactive Collaboration systems
    • Asynchronous vs. Real-time interaction
    • Multi-participant educational games
    • Learning Environment: Platforms, devices, modalities, mobility …
    • Online communities
    • Peer web interactions
    • Pedagogical Agents
  • Modeling groups/learners
    • Educational Data Mining
    • Making effective ad-hoc/long term groups
    • Online/Integrated/Automatic Assessment
    • Predicting student skills
    • Techniques for sensing and processing collaborative learning activity
  • Motivational, Cognitive, Social factors in Intelligent Support for Learning Groups
  • Tools for Educators
    • Actionable Insights
    • Content administration
    • Report generation
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Important Dates

Sunday, April 8, 2012 (Full, Short) Paper Submissions Due
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 Notification of Acceptance/Rejection
Thursday, May 10, 2012 Camera Ready Papers Due
Friday, May 11, 2012 Position Papers Due
Friday, June 15, 2012 Full-day Workshop held in Chania
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Jihie Kim University of Southern California, USA
Rohit Kumar Raytheon BBN Technologies, USA
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Arthur C. Graesser University of Memphis, USA
Frank Fischer University of Munich, Germany

Program Committee

Ari Bader-Natal Grockit, USA
Ryan S.J.d Baker Worchester Polytechnic University, USA
Michelene T.H. Chi Arizona State University, USA
Sidney D’Mello University of Notre Dame, USA
Stavros N. Demetriadis Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Toby Dragon Saarland University, Germany
Neil T. Heffernan Worchester Polytechnic University, USA
Sharon I-Han Hsiao University of Pittsburgh, USA
Lewis W. Johnson Alelo Inc., USA
Charalampos Karagiannidis University of Thessaly, Greece
Eleni Kyza Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus
James Lester North Carolina State University, USA
Diane Litman University of Pittsburgh, USA
Bruce M. McLaren Carnegie Mellon University, USA / Saarland University, Germany
Rada Mihalcea University of North Texas, USA
Carolyn P. Rosé Carnegie Mellon University, USA
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Participants with papers in both the main conference as well as this workshop should register for the main conference by April 25. They will have the opportunity to register for workshops at the rate of 40€ (as a registered conference participant). Participants planning to attend only the workshops should register by May 15 to get the early registration rate (120€). Workshop registration at the late registration rate (150€) will be available after May 15. All registrations are through the ITS 2012 Registration webpage.

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