Join the Center for Adaptive Instructional Sciences (CAIS)

Added by Sottilare, Robert over 1 year ago

The US Army Research Laboratory chartered the formation of a Center for Adaptive Instructional Sciences (CAIS) this year under its Open Campus initiative and invites you to join at:

CAIS is an international center open to government, academia and industry participants. The intent is to use CAIS as a community of practice and sounding board to identify needed research, standards, and best practices for Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITSs). Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • AI and Machine Learning for ITSs
  • Assessment Methods
  • Authoring Tools
  • Domain Modeling
  • Individual Learner Modeling
  • Instructional Management
  • ITS Architecture and Ontology
  • Team Modeling


CAIS is focused on identifying and leveraging talent, facilities, and resources across government, industry, and academia to conduct transformative adaptive instructional science which enhances capabilities in three broad areas:

  • Authoring tools for Adaptive Instructional Systems
  • Instructional Management (tailoring & delivery)
  • Evaluation tools and methods (effect size)


  • Collaborative work with CAIS partners
  • Shared data, technology, and activities related to the Learning in Intelligent Tutoring Environments (LITE) Laboratory
  • Facilitation in formalizing collaborative relationships and defining intellectual property issues
  • Participation in strategic and technical discussion through targeted workshops and open formats
  • Opportunity to significantly impact the technical projects and management of the CAIS


A steering board will be elected from the CAIS membership this December so join now!

GIFTtutoring and GIFT Cloud Outage for Hurricane Irma

Added by Brawner, Keith over 1 year ago

The "GIFT Server" is located in Orlando, Florida. While GIFT Cloud is available online (hosted by AWS), is locally hosted. Hurricane Irma is scheduled to hit Orlando over the course of the weekend, and sometime on Friday the GIFT server will be shut down. This will affect:
- This site (, bug tracking, ticketing, forums, etc.
- GIFT Cloud (which uses for authentication)
- GIFT Cloud DEV (the development server where things are tested before production)
- GIFT SVN (code development repository)
- Other hosted services (AutoTutor Script Authoring, etc.).

This outage is precautionary, and is anticipated to last only for the duration of the storm.

Users who need continuous access to GIFT during this time period are encouraged to download and use the offline version of GIFT located in the 'Downloads' tab (, now, if you have not already.

Volume 5 - Assessment Methods is available now!

Added by Sottilare, Robert over 1 year ago

The long awaited fifth book in the adaptive tutoring series, "Design Recommendations for Intelligent Tutoring Systems - Volume 5 - Assessment Methods" is now available under the documents tab.

Volume 5 is now available free in pdf format. This book is a collaboration between ARL, the University of Memphis, and scores of government, industry, and academic partners to provide a ready reference for researchers and ITS developers. Download it now at

GIFT 2017-1 Released!

Added by Brawner, Keith over 1 year ago

GIFT 2017-1 is now available for download on the GIFT Portal at

Download GIFT 2017-1 directly here:

Free GIFT Account registration required to download GIFT; GIFT is available at no cost

This release features the developmental code update to what has been running on GIFT Cloud for the last number of months. A new GIFT Cloud will be deployed tomorrow morning with minimal downtime. This release features:
- Unity application – and developmental instructions on how to build and upload your own Unity WebGL application.
- EdX and LTI integration
- New courses on Anatomy and Science
- Microsoft Band Sensor
- Ability to Preview Courses during authoring
- Ability to Copy courses
- Import of surveys from Qualtrics
- Improved authoring experience for Conversation Trees
- and more...

GIFT YouTube Videos Posted

Added by Brawner, Keith over 1 year ago

One of the requirements from the last GIFTSym was that GIFT should have a number of tutorial videos explaining its background and operation. In an effort to address these, we intend on posting a number of videos over the next 12 months. The first 3 are now live, on the subjects of:
GIFT Authoring Introduction -
About GIFT (for Civilians) -
About GIFT (for Military) -

Future videos will be posted to the same channel (


GIFT Cloud Scheduled Downtime for Maintenance

Added by Brawner, Keith almost 2 years ago

Tomorrow, April 28th at 0800 eastern time, Cloud GIFT will be migrating to a more capable server, as well as fixing a number of bugs reported on the forum and elsewhere. This migration is expected to take 2 hours, during which the service will be unavailable. The website, forums, downloads, and other GIFT services will be available during this time.

GIFTSym5 Final Agenda and Call for Confirmed Attendance

Added by Sottilare, Robert almost 2 years ago

Hi... below is the final agenda for GIFTSym5 which will be held 10-11 May in Orlando, Florida at the University of Central Florida Partnership III Building (3039 Technology Parkway, Room 321 A&B, Orlando, FL 32826). In order to guarantee your space at GIFTSym5, please email Kat Amaya at no later than 1 May to receive your confirmation. Space is limited. There is no cost to register for GIFTSym. We are looking forward to a great conference.

Agenda follows:

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

8:30am-9:00am Opening Keynote: Dr. Robert Sottilare
9:00am-9:20am Session #1- Architecture Update: Dr. Keith Brawner
9:20am-9:40am Session #2 - Authoring Tools Update: Dr. Scott Ososky
9:40am-10:00am Session #3 - Demo - GIFT Authoring Tools: Dr. Scott Ososky

10:00am-10:20am Break

10:20am-10:50am Session #4 - Focused Authoring for Building GIFT tutors in Specialized Domains: Dr. Benjamin Bell
10:50am-11:20am Session #5 - GIFT Course Creator Wizard - Cadets Murray, Pico and Redmon
11:20am-11:40am Session #6 - Development of an Integrated, User Friendly Authoring Tool for ITSs: Mr. Fleet Davis & Dr. Jennifer Riley
11:40am-12:00pm Session #7 - Demo - GIFT Wrap: Mr. Fleet Davis & Dr. Jennifer Riley

12:00pm-1:20pm LUNCH (on your own)

1:20pm-1:40pm Session #8 - Individual Learner Modeling Update: Dr. Gregory Goodwin
1:40pm-2:10pm Session #9 - Multi-level user modeling in GIFT to Support Complex Learning Tasks: Dr. Gautam Biswas
2:10pm-2:30pm Session #10 - Physiological Based Adaptive Training - Dr. Thomas Schnell
2:30:pm-2:50pm Session #11 - UPCATS Demonstration - Dr. Thomas Schnell

2:50pm-3:20pm Break

3:20pm-3:40pm Session #12 - Team Tutoring Update: Dr. Anne Sinatra
3:40pm-4:10pm Session #13 - Building a Backbone for Multi-Agent Tutoring in GIFT: Dr. Benjamin Nye
4:10pm-4:30pm Session #14 - Wrap up and Adjourn Day 1: Dr. Robert Sottilare

Thursday, May 11, 2017

8:30am- 8:50am Session #15 - Domain Modeling Update: Dr. Robert Sottilare
8:50am-9:20pm Session #16 - Authoring Augmented Reality Scenarios for ITSs with GIFT: Mr. Andres Vargas Gonzalez
9:20am-9:50am Session #17 - Science is Zarked: An ITS for Learning Research Methods: Ms. Samantha Warta
9:50am-10:15am Session #18 - Integrating MOOCs and ITSs: edX, GIFT and CTAT: Dr. Ryan Baker

10:15am-10:45am Break

10:45am-11:15am Session #19 - Educational Data Mining using GIFT: Dr. Alan Carlin
11:15am-11:45am Session #20 - A Data Analytics Framework to Support Training Effectiveness Evaluation: Mr. Michael Smith
11:45am-12:15pm Session #21 - Modeling Training Efficiency and ROI for Adaptive Training: Dr. James Niehaus

12:15pm-1:40pm LUNCH (on your own)

1:40pm-2:00pm Session #22 - Instructional Management Update: Dr. Benjamin Goldberg
2:00pm-2:30pm Session #22 - Developing a Pattern Recognition Structure to Tailor Mid-Lesson Feedback: Dr. JT Folsom-Kovarik
2:30pm-3:00pm Session #23 - Integrating the outer loop: validated tutors for portable courses and competencies: Dr. Elliot Robson
3:00pm-3:30pm Session #24 - Toward Simulated Students for Reinforcement Learning-Driven Tutorial Planning in GIFT: Dr. Jonathan Rowe
3:30pm-4:00pm Session #25 - Wrap up and Adjourn Day 2: Dr. Robert Sottilare


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