3rd Workshop on Intelligent Support for Learning in Groups
Jihie Kim : jihie@isi.edu
Roberto Martinez : roberto@it.usyd.edu.au
at the 12th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems 
June 5, 2014
Honolulu, Hawaii USA



Proceedings (PDF)



Directions: The Workshop be held in Room 3 which is in the basement of Hamilton Library (HL) room 3G of the University of Hawaii. When you enter HL you will see a sign directing you to the LIS program area (down some stairs on the other side of the check out desk).


We are pleased to announce that the third workshop on Intelligent Support for Learning in Groups (ISLG) will be held as a part of the 12th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS  2014) in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. The goal of this series of workshops is to bring together intelligent tutoring systems researchers with learning sciences researchers to share approaches and exchange information about adaptive intelligent collaborative learning support.

Technological advances have enabled the development of highly effective, deployable learning environments that support learners across a wide range of domains and age groups. As educational service providers, including mainstream universities, are deploying their courses to online learning platforms, and large volumes of educational content are accessible on mobile/tablet devices, students can now collaborate using educational technology in ways that were not previously possible. Intelligent tutoring systems (ITS) seek to individualize each student's learning experience, but this need not imply a solitary learner experience. Research in the learning sciences (LS) on collaborative learning activity has revealed the pedagogical benefits of learning in groups, as well as how to structure the activity to lead to productive interactions. A variety of recent systems have demonstrated ways in which an adaptive learning environment can incorporate and benefit from the presence of multiple learners. Similarly, students using computer-supported collaborative learning systems have been shown to benefit from the introduction of adaptive support that targets and improves the collaboration, but these pose challenges that might be addressed through interdisciplinary dialogue.

The theme of this year’s workshop is: 

Bridging the social and technical sides of intelligent collaborative learning support.” 

In this workshop, we invite discussion and seek to explore ways in which the combination of collaborative and intelligent aspects of a system can benefit the learner by creating a more productive learning environment. Over the past few years, the ITS research community has started investigating extension of the fundamental techniques (student modeling, model-based tutors, integrated assessment, tutorial dialog, automated scaffolding, data mining, pedagogical agents, and so on) to support collaborative learning in groups. 

We aim to explore ways that the current state of the art in intelligent support for learning in groups can be informed by learning sciences research on collaborative learning principles. The goals of this workshop are to form connections between the ITS and LS community with the outcome of writing two companion review or position papers for each community based on the themes of the workshop.

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Topics of Interest

We will ground our discussions on the following topics:  

  • Adaptive support for Groups

    • Affect processing

    • Multi-party dialog

    • Scaffolding

    • Automatic content extraction

    • Collaborative authoring

    • Crowdsourcing

    • User-generated content

  • Instructional strategies for the social web

    • Argumentation

    • Peer mentoring and peer review

    • Recommendation systems

    • Intelligent support for massive open online courses (MOOC)

    • Problem- and project-based learning

  • Interactive collaboration systems

    • Asynchronous vs. real-time interaction

    • Multi-participant educational games

    • Learning environment: platforms, devices, modalities, mobility …

    • 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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Call for Papers

We welcome papers under two categories:

  1. Short papers (6 pages). Short papers consist of authors describing their research in the area of intelligent support for learning in groups. Authors of successful submissions will give a brief firehose presentation and present a poster at the poster session during the workshop.

  2. Panel papers (2-4 pages). Panel papers explain a unique perspective on the field that the author would like to contribute. Authors of successful submissions will participate in one of panels held during the workshop.

Participation Requirements: All workshop participants are encouraged to submit at least one paper under any of these two categories. There is no restriction on the number of papers submitted by the same author. The submission of a paper is not compulsory. 

Formatting: All submissions should be formatted as per ITS formatting guidelines (LNCS template). Please use the formatting instructions and templates provide at http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-7-72376-0

Submission: Please submit your papers using the following EasyChair website: (https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=islg2014)

Proceedings: Accepted papers under both categories will be included in workshop proceedings.

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Important Dates

Monday, March 31, 2014

Abstracts only - Short Paper and Panel Submissions Due (optional, but recommended)

Monday, April 14, 2014Short Paper and Panel Submissions Due (Deadline Extended)
Monday, May 5, 2014 Notification of Acceptance/Rejection
Thursday, May 15, 2014 Camera Ready Papers Due
Thursday, June 5, 2014 Pre-Conference Workshop held in Honolulu, USA 


Jihie Kim

KT and Information Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California, jihie@isi.edu

Erin Walker

School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering, Arizona State University, erin.a.walker@asu.edu

Roberto Martinez-Maldonado

School of Information Technologies, University of Sydney, roberto@it.usyd.edu.au

Ilya Goldin

Center for Digital Data, Analytics, and Adaptive Learning, Pearson, ilya.goldin@pearson.com

Cindy Hmelo-Silver

Center for Research on Learning and Technology, Indiana University Bloomington, chmelosi@indiana.edu

Program Committee

   Arthur C. Graesser 
 Lewis W. Johnson  
 Rohit Kumar
 James Lester 
 Jeremy Roschelle  

 Ari Bader-Natal  

 Ryan S.J.d Baker  

 Sharon I-Han Hsiao  

 Heisawn Jeong  

 Charalampos Karagiannidis   

 Judy Kay  

 Bruce M. McLaren 

 Yannis Dimitriadis

 Alina Von Davier

Alejandra Martínez Monés

Toby Dragon
University of Memphis, USA 

Alelo Inc., USA 

Raytheon BBN Technologies, USA 

  North Carolina State University, USA 


Minerva Project, USA 

Columbia University, USA 

 Columbia University, USA 

 Hallym University, South Korea

 University of Thessaly, Greece 

 The University of Sydney, Australia 

 Carnegie Mellon University, USA
 University of Valladolid, Spain
 Educational Testing Service, USA
 University of Valladolid, Spain
 Ithaca College, USA


Registration will be done through the conference registration site (ITS 2014 Registration).
In addition to basic registration, workshop participants must register for each workshop they plan to attend.