I am very thankful to the ITS committee for awarding me a scholarship to attend ITS 2010. The conference was very educative and useful for me. The minute madness presentation forced me to learn how to present my research in an engaging manner in one minute and on one slide.
I also learned that sharing my research ideas early through a poster is important because I can get feedback and literature review for free. People tell you research they have seen or heard about that is similar to what you are doing.
The question generation workshop made me realize that I wasn’t working in a saturated field and that in fact, there is a lot more research work to be done in question generation.
Most important of all, I had spent a couple of weeks looking for a free semantic role labeler to no avail. I talked to a couple of people at the conference and suddenly, I got inundated with a lot of recommendations. These recommendations were my biggest score at the conference. But, I didn’t just get recommendations, the recommenders also offered to help me if I had problems installing, using or retraining the semantic parsers.
In addition, I was greatly inspired by the invited talks, especially the talk by Dr. Chee-Kit Looi. I like how they are integrating the product of education research into classrooms on such a somewhat large scale.
This was my first ITS conference and I’m glad I was able to attend. Now, I feel like I belong to the ITS community. I met a lot of the renowned researchers in intelligent tutoring systems such as Kurt Van Lehn, l met people whose papers I had read and cited and I met up and coming researchers just like myself.
Seeing a lot of women and other minorities at the conference also increased my feeling of belonging to the ITS community.
Once again, I am thankful to the ITS committee for giving me the opportunity to experience the ITS conference and to meet, network and share research ideas with other ITS researchers.