The Learner Data Institute
Harnessing The Data Revolution To Make The Learning Ecosystem More Effective, Engaging, Equitable, Efficient, Relevant, and Affordable
Lead Principal Investigator: Dr. Vasile Rus (email@example.com)
The Learner Data Institute (LDI) is funded by the National Science Foundation (Award #1934745).
Overview of The Learner Data Institute
The paper below provides an overview of The Learner Data Institute.
Rus, V., Fancsali, S.E., Bowman, D., Pavlik Jr., P., Ritter, S., Venugopal, D., Morrison, D., and The LDI Team. (2020). The Learner Data Institute: Mission, Framework, & Activities. In V. Rus & S.E. Fancsali (Eds.) Proceedings of The First Workshop of the Learner Data Institute - Big Data, Research Challenges, & Science Convergence in Educational Data Science, The 13th International Conference on Educational Data Mining (EDM 2020), July 10-13, Ifrane, Morroco (held online). [PDF] [use this paper to cite The Learner Data Institute]
An additional paper about LDI is the update provided at the 2nd Learner Data Institute Workshop at EDM 2021:
Rus, V., Fancsali, S.E., Venugopal, D., Pavlik Jr., P., Graesser, A.C., Bowman, D., Ritter, and The LDI Team. (2021). The Learner Data Institute - Conceptualization: A Progress Report, Proceedings of The Second Workshop of the Learner Data Institute , The 14th International Conference on Educational Data Mining (EDM 2021), June 29 - July 2 , Paris, France (held online). [PDF]
Recent Events & News
Software package release for Student Strategy Prediction using a Neuro-Symbolic Approach: https://github.com/anupshakya07/SSPM
Memphis Data Conference March 31-April 1, 2022 at the University of Memphis FIT. Many of our LDI members are also part of this event!
Program Chair: Deepak Venugopal (Computer Science), Core (Stats/Compsci): Lih-Yuan Deng (Statistics), Ching-Chi Yang (Statistics) Panel/Tutorial Chairs Dale Bowman (Mathematical Sciences, Statistics)
March 7, 2022: Congratulations to LDI UM Team member Weizi Li for recently being awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation!
In Summer 2021, Carnegie Learning released a new collection of datasets (with anonymized learner data from 5,000+ learners) from the MATHia platform to LearnSphere DataShop. Check it out here: Carnegie Learning MATHia 2019-2020. Contact Stephen Fancsali if you have any questions!
Todd Zoblotsky to PI NSF grant. The grant is the vision for engineering leadership that will address global and societal needs ($8 million for five years). They will be responsible for the evaluation of the Engineering Research Visioning Alliance (ERVA), which was formed under the NSF Directorate of Engineering.
July 13, 2021: PhD student, Zeyad Alshaikh (advisor: Dr. Vasile Rus) successfully defended his dissertation entitled: Expert-generated and Auto-generated Socratic Tutors for Code Comprehension.
June 29, 2021: Second (Virtual) Workshop of the Learner Data Institute at the Fourteenth International Conference on Educational Data Mining! Dr. Ryan S. Baker delivered a keynote talk at the workshop. Dr. Baker is an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania and the Director of the Penn Center for Learning Analytics.
June 2021: Dr. John Sabatini, Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Institute for Intelligent Systems, was awarded $46,602 from the Education Testing Service with the U.S. Department of Education for his project “Exploring and Assessing the Development of Students' Argumentation Skills.”
May 26, 2021: Dr. Vasile Rus presents a paper entitled: "Recommendations for GIFT from The Learner Data Institute," at GIFT SYM 9 on the LDI.
April 1-2, 2021: The Learner Data Institute (LDI) Spring 2021 Meeting will take place virtually on Zoom!
December 1, 2020: Congratulations to Dr. Laura Casey, who was awarded over $1.1 million from the Tennessee Department of Education for her project “TEIS Home and Community Developmental therapy” as well as over $1.6 million for three years for "TEIS Centered Based Developmental Therapy".
October 1, 2020: Congratulations to Dr. Steve Ritter, who is Co-PI on a new, three-year NSF funded grant on "Exploring Algorithmic Fairness and Potential Bias in K-12 Mathematics Adaptive Learning" (NSF Award #2000638). Read more about the grant here.
October 1, 2020: Congratulations to Learner Data Institute (LDI) Co-PI Deepak Venugopal and PI Vasile Rus on the kick-off of their three-year NSF funded grant on "Investigating techniques that couple Markov Logic and Deep Learning with applications to discovering strategies to improve STEM learning" (NSF Award #2008812; PI Venugopal, Co-PI Rus). Read more about the grant here.
September 1, 2020: Congratulations to John Sabatini, Art Graesser, and their collaborators on the start of their project “Developing and Implementing a Technology-Based Reading Comprehension Instruction System for Adult Literacy Students" funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Institute for Education Sciences (IES Award #R305A200413; PI Sabatini, Co-PI Graesser). Read more about the four year project here.