Agenda for GIFTSym7

Added by Goldberg, Ben about 1 year ago

Please click the News Item title to see an attachment for directions to GIFTSym7 Location and instructions for Parking.

Thursday Evening, 16 May 2019 - No-Host Dinner, Place: TBD (let Elyse Burmester know whether you will attend on Wednesday morning)

Day 1: Thursday, 16 May 2019
0745 - Check in, coffee and breakfast
0830 – Welcome & Opening Remarks - Benjamin Goldberg

GIFT Overview and Utility Session
0845 - Paper 7 - Architecture and Ontology in the Generalized Intelligent Framework for Tutoring: 2019 Update - Keith Brawner
0915 – Paper 2 - The 2019 Instructor's Guide to the Generalized Intelligent Framework for Tutoring (GIFT) - Anne Sinatra
0945 - Break

1015 – Paper 3 - Recommendations for Interaction Design of GIFT and Adaptive Instructional Systems - Robert Sottilare, Ross Hoehn, Dar-Wei Chen and Behrooz Mostafavi
1045 - Paper 5 - Extending GIFT Wrap to Live Training - Fleet Davis, Jennifer Riley and Benjamin Goldberg
1115 - Paper 20 - GIFT as a Framework for Self-Improvable Digital Resources in SIAIS - Xiangen Hu, Zhiqiang Cai, Arthur C. Graesser and Jody Cockroft

1145 – 1315 Lunch

AI, Machine Learning and GIFT Session
1315 – Paper 4 - Application of reinforcement learning for automated contents validation towards self-improving online courseware - Noboru Matsuda and Machi Shimmei
1345 – Paper 11 - Multimodal Machine Learning in Adaptive Instructional Systems: A Survey - Nathan Henderson, Jonathan Rowe and James Lester
1415 – Paper 12 - Understanding Novelty in Reinforcement Learning-Based Automated Scenario Generation - Jonathan Rowe, Andy Smith, Randall Spain and James Lester
1445 - Break

Learner Modeling Session
1500 – Paper 16 - Learner Modeling of Cognitive & Metacognitive Processes for Complex Learning Tasks for Dismounted Battle Drills
- Shitanshu Mishra, Naveeduddin Mohammed, Gautam Biswas and Benjamin S. Goldberg
1530 - Paper 13 - Towards Deeper Integration of Intelligent Tutoring Systems: Sharing a Student Model Between GIFT and CTAT - Vincent Aleven, Jonathan Sewall, Juan Miguel Andres-Bray, Octav Popescu, Robert Sottilare, Rodney Long and Ryan Baker
1600 - Paper 9 - Improving Assessment Techniques to Understand Unobservable Knowledge States in a Psychomotor Task - Jong Kim and Benjamin Goldberg
1630 – Wrap-up Discussion/Adjourn for the Day

Day 2: Friday, 17 May 2019
0745 - Check in, coffee and breakfast
0830 - Opening Remarks – Benjamin Goldberg

Instructional Management and Training Effectiveness Session
0845 – Paper 14 - An Effectiveness Evaluation of Blended Adaptive Learning Approaches - Joshua Rea, Payton Rengel, Barbara Buck and Benjamin Goldberg
0915 – Paper 8 - Towards Data-Driven Tutorial Planning for Counterinsurgency Training in GIFT: Preliminary Findings and Lessons Learned - Randall Spain, Jonathan Rowe, Benjamin Goldberg, Robert Pokorny, Bradford Mott and James Lester
0945 - Break

1015 – Paper 1 - Towards Accelerated Learning Pedagogical Templates in GIFT: Analogical Reasoning and Honesty-Humility Traits - Jeanine DeFalco and Elizabeth Rodriguez

GIFT and Future Training & Education Concepts
1045 – Paper 18 - Intelligent, Adaptive Training in the Synthetic Training Environment - Gregory Goodwin
1115 – Paper 15 - Intelligent Exercise Control: Integrating Battle Space Visualization with Adaptive Instructional Technology - Benjamin Goldberg and Michael Hoffman

1145-1300 Lunch

1300 – Paper 10 - Teamwork Training Architecture, Scenarios, and Measures in GIFT - Robert Mccormack, Tara Kilcullen, Anne Sinatra, Alexander Case and Dan Howard
1330 – Paper 6 - Authoring Team Tutors in GIFT: An Automated Tool for Alignment of Content to Learning Objectives - Benjamin Bell, Keith Brawner, Elliot Robson, Debbie Brown and Elaine Kelsey
1400 – Paper 19 - Modeling and Visualizing Team Performance using Epistemic Network Analysis - Zachari Swiecki, Andrew Ruis and David Williamson Shaffer
1430 - Paper 17 - Integrating Virtual Reality, Biometrics, and GIFT to Train Soldiers on Analyzing Current Squad Capability - Christopher Meyer, Lucy Woodman, Michael Kalaf and Zach Heylmun

1500 – Wrap Up Discussion/Adjourn for the Day

GIFT 2019-1 Released!

Added by Brawner, Keith about 1 year ago

Download GIFT 2019-1 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. GIFT Cloud updates will still be deployed regularly. This release features:
- New DKF editing functionality
- Links to mobile devices for assessment (and assessments based around physical locations)
- Sets of instructional strategies to execute, rather than just one
- Sharing courses
- New courses with Unity
- and more...

GIFT Cloud maintenance tomorrow (4/16/19) at 9am

Added by Hoffman, Michael about 1 year ago

We plan on taking GIFT Cloud ( offline for a while tomorrow, Tues April 16th, at 9 am Eastern. The down time is expected to be for most of the morning. As soon as GIFT cloud is back another news announcement will be posted.

If you have a need for GIFT cloud to remain online please post something to the forums.

Sorry for any inconvenience.

GIFTsym 7 Update

Added by Goldberg, Ben about 1 year ago

ATTENTION: Mark your calendars! GIFTsym7 dates have been confirmed.
(Authors: GIFTsym Paper Template is attached for paper preparation)

The event will take place 16 & 17 May 2019 on the campus of the University of Central Florida (UCF).

The building can be located at 12650 Gemini Boulevard North, Orlando, FL 32816 in Multi-Purpose Room 129. Please note that parking on campus has a $5 per day fee. We recommend using Parking Garage H, which can be entered directly off of Gemini Blvd. There are free shuttle options as well, for those interested. As the dates approach, we will provide a marked map with all parking and shuttle recommendations.

We are still finalizing the agenda, but we plan to share a draft by the end of next week. We can confirm that GIFTsym7 will end by 3pm on 17 May to accommodate flights home, so please plan your travel accordingly.

Also, DON'T forget to register for GIFTsym7. To ensure we have appropriate refreshments and accommodations for all in attendance, please register by clicking the following link:

We're excited to see everyone and to share the wonderful work being performed in support advancing the utility of Adaptive Instructional Systems!

If there are any questions, please contact .

Team Tutoring Workshop Call for Papers - AIED 2019

Added by Sinatra, Anne about 1 year ago

The GIFT team is hosting a half-day workshop titled "Approaches and Challenges in Team Tutoring" at the Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED) 2019 Conference in Chicago, IL.

We invite workshop paper submissions about the up-and-coming topic of Team Tutoring and Collaborative Learning.

The call for papers and submission information can be found at:

The goals of this workshop include providing a forum for researchers to discuss the progress that they have made in team or collaborative tutoring, discuss the approaches that they have taken, the challenges that they have encountered, and/or present theoretical models on innovative methodologies to address future work on team or collaborative tutoring.

This workshop is expected to be of interest to those in academia, government, and industry who are developing tutoring experiences intended to include interaction between multiple learners. The expected outcomes of the workshop include an identification of team tutoring gaps/challenges in varying learning domains, approaches that have been successful or unsuccessful in meeting those challenges, and determining the next steps in approaches that AIED researchers can use for their own team tutor development.

The workshop will include a presentation of the accepted papers, followed by an open discussion about the challenges and current state of team tutoring. The discussion will conclude by addressing research gaps and future directions of team tutoring.

Submission Guidelines
All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to a journal or conference.
Reviews and acceptances will be based on extended abstracts, which are 800 words.
Full papers are between 5 to 10 pages in Springer LNCS format.
Proceedings papers will be published online at
Both empirical and theoretical papers with topics related to team tutoring and computer-based collaborative learning are welcome.

List of Topics of Interest
Team Tutoring
Lessons Learned from Developing Intelligent Team Tutoring Systems
Team Assessment Strategies and Approaches in an Intelligent Team Tutoring System
Collaborative Problem Solving and Learning
Theoretical models proposing innovative methodologies to address future work on team or collaborative tutoring
Discussion of steps forward in establishing team intelligent tutoring systems
Related topics are also welcome

Important Dates
April 26, 2019: Extended Abstract submission (800 words)
May 7, 2019: Acceptance Notification
May 31, 2019: Camera Ready Paper Deadline (5 to 10 pages in Springer LNCS format)
June 25 - 29, 2019: AIED 2019 Conference; Workshop is expected to be scheduled for June 25th or June 29th

Easy Chair Call for Papers:
Easy Chair Submission Link:

If there are any questions, please contact the workshop co-chairs: Anne Sinatra () and Jeanine DeFalco ()

GIFTsym7 Abstract Submission Deadline Approaching

Added by Goldberg, Ben over 1 year ago

The GIFTsym7 deadline is rapidly approaching. For access to the full Call for Papers, please click the following link:

Extended abstracts (800+ words) are due 08 March. You can submit directly at:

Please share this announcement with anyone and everyone you feel may be interested. We are looking forward to learning about all the great work being done.

(CALL FOR PAPERS) 7th Annual GIFT Users Symposium - GIFTSym7

Added by Goldberg, Ben over 1 year ago


GIFTSym7 is the seventh annual Generalized Intelligent Framework for Tutoring (GIFT) Users Symposium. GIFT is an open source, empirically-based, service-oriented framework of tools, methods and standards to make it easier to author computer-based tutoring systems (CBTS), deliver and manage instruction, and assess the effect of adaptive instruction, CBTS, components and methodologies. GIFT is being developed under the Adaptive Tutoring Research Science & Technology project at the Learning in Intelligent Tutoring Environments (LITE) Laboratory, part of the US Army Natick Soldier Research, Development & Engineering Center’s Simulation and Training Technology Center (NSRDEC STTC).

GIFTSym7 invites GIFT designers, developers and practitioners to submit technical papers about their ideas, experiences, and lessons-learned in using GIFT to author and evaluate Adaptive Instructional Systems (AIS). In an effort to sustain the growth of the community, we will continue with last year’s addition and have a track to share ideas for standardization across AISs.

All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference. The following paper categories are welcome:

  • Full papers (5-10 pages using template) describing design, application, and/or science-based potential enhancements to GIFT. This will form the basis for four half-day sessions at GIFTSym.
  • Short papers (3-4 pages using template) describing standards opportunities for AISs. This will form the basis for a separate session on the applicability of standards for AIS development.

Abstracts are required to be extended abstracts (minimum 800 words) covering the focus of your paper, results/conclusions and recommendations.

  • Abstract Submission Deadline - 08 March 2019
  • Acceptance Notification - 20 March 2019
  • Paper Submission Deadline - 30 April 2019
  • Presentation Submission Deadline - 09 May 2019
  • GIFTSym7 - 16-17 May 2019, Orlando, Florida
  • AI and Machine Learning for ITSs
  • Collective and Team-Based Methods
  • Measurement and Assessment
  • Authoring Tools
  • Domain Modeling
  • Individual Learner Modeling
  • Instructional Management
  • ITS Architecture and Ontology
  • After Action Review (AAR)
  • Competency Modeling
  • Standards for Adaptive Instructional Systems (AISs)


All questions about submissions should be emailed to Dr. Benjamin Goldberg at

GIFT 2018-2X Released!

Added by Brawner, Keith over 1 year ago

GIFT 2018-2X is now available for download on the GIFT Portal at
Download GIFT 2018-2X 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 will be running on GIFT Cloud soon. This release features:
- Virtual Human Toolkit characters (downloadable on
- a new DKF (Realtime Assessment) creation and editing tool
- bug fixes and more...


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